Terrance West’s stock (and, likely, playing time) is heading south.
The Browns’ rookie running back lost a fumble in the third quarter of Sunday’s 26-10 loss to the Bills. Unfortunately for West, the fumble was extraordinarily costly, as it was scooped up and returned for a touchdown. Seizing an incredible shift in momentum, Buffalo took a 14-3 lead and never looked back.
To say West drew the ire of coach Mike Pettine would be an understatement.
“You can’t be that loose with the football, it’s inexcusable,” Pettine said, per the Chronicle-Telegram. “West really changed the whole flow of the game. It would have been a one-score game, and that’s the frustrating thing.
“Close games are going to come down to turnovers. Like I said, the West fumble changed everything. It’s inexcusable.”
It was only the second fumble in 139 touches for the impressive Towson product. Regardless, he pinned the target on his own back.
“I blame this game on me,” West said. “When I fumbled the ball and lost the ball, they scored. That changed the game. It changed the momentum of the game, so I blame this one on me.”
Though West led the team in rushing against the Bills (32 yards on seven carries), his chances of locking up the starting job are kaput. Firmly entrenched in Pettine’s doghouse, he should expect to play second fiddle to fellow rookie Isiah Crowell for the foreseeable future.
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