With offensive line injuries piling up, the San Diego Chargers thinned out their loaded backfield to compensate.
Brown signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with $4 million guaranteed in 2014. The 28-year-old runner has not been active the first three weeks of the season.
The Chargers signed Brown after the back impressed in 2013 for the Indianapolis Colts, rushing for 537 yards on 102 carries (5.3 average), six rushing touchdowns to go along with 27 catches for 214 yards and two receiving scores. Brown started three games last year in San Diego, but averaged just 2.6 yards per carry in 13 games.
The Chargers offensive line has been decimated. Entering Sunday's contest against the Cleveland Browns, San Diego will be without guard Orlando Franklin (ankle) who was declared out. Tackle King Dunlap (concussion) and center Chris Watt (groin) are both doubtful. Guard D.J. Fluker (ankle, chest) is questionable. Tackle Chris Hairston (ankle, knee) is probable.