Browns add pair of running backs to depleted backfield

The Browns have been in training camp for less than a week, but they already need bodies in their backfield. The team signed running backs Jalen Parmele and Timothy Flanders on Monday to help fill the void created by injuries to Terrance West and Duke Johnson.

West (calf) and Johnson (hamstring) both went down over the weekend, leaving the Browns with just two healthy running backs in Isaiah Crowell and Shaun Draughn. Glenn Winston (knee) and undrafted rookie Luke Lundy (concussion) are also on the shelf, while fullback Malcolm Johnson also went down on Tuesday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Head coach Mike Pettine said West could return this week, while Johnson could miss some more time.

The 6-foot, 224-pound Parmele was a sixth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2008 out of the University of Toledo. His best year came in 2012, when he rushed for 143 yards on 40 attempts in 11 games.

Flanders entered the league last year with the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Sam Houston State. The 5-foot-9, 210-pound back has yet to see any NFL action.

Wide receiver Kevin Cone and defensive back Brandon Stephens were waived to make room on the roster for Parmele and Flanders.

h/t: Akron Beacon Journal