- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 18, 2011

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns didn’t make a trade, but they made a move.

With running back Peyton Hillis nursing a hamstring injury, the club signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya to their active roster from Houston’s practice squad.

The team also waived rookie running back Armond Smith, clearing a roster spot for Ogbonnaya (O-BONN-I-ah), who played in two games for the Texans this season.

Ogbonnaya can give the Browns protection until Hillis gets completely healthy after straining his left hamstring during the first half of Sunday’s loss to Oakland.

An MRI taken Monday showed Hillis hurt his leg, debunking speculation he was benched during the game by coach Pat Shurmur.

The NFL’s trading deadline passed without the Browns making a deal despite reports the club was taking inquiries about Hillis, who has had a drama-filled second season in Cleveland.

On Monday, Shurmur emphasized that Hillis, who is trying to get a long-term contract extension from the club, was not on the market.

Hillis can be a free agent following the season.

Ogbonnaya was originally drafted in the seventh round by St. Louis in 2009, when Shurmur was the Rams’ offensive coordinator. He spent the first 11 weeks of his rookie season on the Rams’ practice squad before appearing in two games. He had 11 carries for 50 yards in Shurmur’s offense.

The 6-foot, 225-pounder played college ball at Texas, where he was a teammate with Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. As a senior, Ogbonnaya rushed for 597 yards and had 792 yards receiving during his career with the Longhorns.

Perhaps the Browns’ fastest player, Smith, who was signed as an undrafted free agent, had three carries for 2 yards.

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