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Initial diagnosis for Browns back Montario Hardesty isn't good

The Browns drafted Montario Hardesty because they loved his smarts and his skills.  But they also knew he was only available late in the second round because of his injury history.

On Thursday night, that history caught up to him in heartbreaking fashion.

The initial diagnosis following Hardesty’s injury is that the impressive rookie suffered a torn ACL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.  Further tests will be taken today to confirm the news.

Hardesty was expected to lead the Browns backfield, but this is one position the team has sufficient depth.  Jerome Harrison is a quality option, and Peyton Hillis will probably play more tailback now.  James Davis also looked impressive on Thursday night.

UPDATE: The diagnosis was confirmed.  Hardesty is out for the year.

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37 Responses to “Initial diagnosis for Browns back Montario Hardesty isn't good”
  1. Jungle Juice says: Sep 3, 2010 11:34 AM

    I’m a Bengals fan but I am starting to feel sorry for the Browns.
    We have had bad luck too but man they never seem to keep high draft picks on the team.

  2. kcfan says: Sep 3, 2010 11:35 AM

    well im glad i drafted him in my fantasy league.. seriously though thats too bad, i feel bad for him..

  3. js136202 says: Sep 3, 2010 11:38 AM

    Very, very disappointing

  4. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Sep 3, 2010 11:40 AM

    Damn, there goes the superbowl.

  5. sguy2130 says: Sep 3, 2010 11:41 AM

    Fawk…..only in Cleveland.

  6. Kaz says: Sep 3, 2010 11:45 AM

    “The Browns draft Montario Hardesty because they loved his smarts and his skills. But they also knew he was only available late in the second round because of his injury history.”
    He would have been available in the 4th. The Browns traded all kinds of picks to “steal” him away from someone. Whoever they thought was after him. Rumor has it everyone else knew better.

  7. ArtModellsPimp says: Sep 3, 2010 11:48 AM

    This is bad news about Hardesty…but not devastating…
    With Lawrence Vickers opening holes in the D, any of the Cleveland RB’s should have a good year.
    And in a two-back set with Peyton Hillis and Vickers, some linebackers and DB’s are gonna get hurt. Should be a lot of fun to watch.

  8. Bradwins says: Sep 3, 2010 11:48 AM

    Thats really too bad. It seems like every day there is a report that another NFL player is out for the year with a blown ACL. I’m not a Cleveland fan (or a Tennessee fan, for that matter), but for whatever reason I feel particularly bad about this one.

  9. W.G.PennyPacker says: Sep 3, 2010 11:49 AM

    I guess this means Derrick Ward will now be boarding a plane for Cleveland.

  10. JungleNosey says: Sep 3, 2010 11:50 AM

    Usual luck for this awful team.The only bright spot here is Holmgren and it will take him quite a while to get this team turned around.First is to get rid of Boygini and his terrible attitude.Then move them to another city as long as they are in Cleveland they will suck year after year.

  11. simple_simon1 says: Sep 3, 2010 11:56 AM

    That sucks… the kid looked good. As for injury history, when it’s a torn ACL or an injury of that magnitude, history has nothing to do with it. It’s just crap luck.

  12. simple_simon1 says: Sep 3, 2010 11:59 AM

    Seeing as this is a site that’s supposed to be up to date, I figured they would have posted that Suh got $7500 fine for the hit on Delhomme. Thought I’d say it here, seeing as it’s a Browns story and hope somebody sees it soon.
    Glad it’s over. That’s all he deserved was a fine, unless you’re of the thinking of Seneca Wallace. I am not

  13. Rex Grossman says: Sep 3, 2010 12:03 PM

    ouch! poor fellow.

  14. drumbug71 says: Sep 3, 2010 12:13 PM

    Big Steelers fan here, but I gotta say, this is a huge blow to the Browns. Where I live, I get a lot of Cleveland media, and Hardesty looked like he was going to really change the Brown’s offense.
    Still hoping that the Steelers beat the Browns from here until eternity, but hope Hardesty can get back next year and live up to his potential.

  15. Grunt says: Sep 3, 2010 12:19 PM

    That sucks for the kid, seems like he has a lot of tools but can’t stay healthy playing football. Well James Davis just kept his job as the #3 back and will impress people this season after being injured last year.

  16. js136202 says: Sep 3, 2010 12:26 PM

    JungleNosey
    Good point, move a team that hasn’t won a playoff game in 11 years out of the market that shows insane, bizarre loyalty and continues to sell out every game in spite of their continued failures.
    They don’t suck because they keep drafting losers, can’t find a franchise QB, and haven’t had a good defense since they came back, it’s the fans fault.
    Indianapolis is actually successful because their fans are so awesome, has almost nothing to do with Peyton Manning.

  17. texline says: Sep 3, 2010 12:45 PM

    History has EVERYTHING to do with injuries of that magnitude. Take it from a guy that has had four knee surgeries, including an acl replacement. You favor the injured leg and put stress on the other. You are never the same. NEVER.

  18. kosarsmyidol says: Sep 3, 2010 12:47 PM

    I posted before the game that I didn’t like the Browns trading up to draft a running back with three knee surgeries. Hardesty missed training camp and three preseason games with a bone bruise to his knee. Someone posted that I worry too much and that Hardesty was a beast. I wanted them to be right.
    The team still had a decent draft, but it’s a shame that they have blown two second round picks in two years. Ward looks like a keeper as long as he stays healthy. Asante has looked good in limited time. Lavauo showed some versatility and also gives us a back up center (although his snaps were high). After a couple of seasons of learning, McCoy (and hopefully Geathers) should do well. Haden looks like the real deal.
    I still think Harrison, Hillis and Davis (and maybe Jennings) should provide a good running game. I’d have to see Hardesty stay healthy and contribute for a couple seasons before I would have any faith in him…

  19. marktg30 says: Sep 3, 2010 12:47 PM

    I knew he was the next Ki Jana Carter…. Great… another wasted pick..

  20. D says: Sep 3, 2010 12:56 PM

    browns have depth there. disappointing but not devastating.

  21. jd says: Sep 3, 2010 1:05 PM

    Good thing I didn’t listen to Rosenthal in my fantasy draft.

  22. sguy2130 says: Sep 3, 2010 1:06 PM

    JungleNosey says:
    September 3, 2010 11:50 AM
    Usual luck for this awful team.The only bright spot here is Holmgren and it will take him quite a while to get this team turned around.First is to get rid of Boygini and his terrible attitude.Then move them to another city as long as they are in Cleveland they will suck year after year.
    ————————————————
    I guess they should be like your Bengals and sign every character risk and thug they can find on the waiver wire only to choke a promising season away. The Bengals are obviously an exemplary model for every team to follow with their history of success. Get real man, the irony is amazing.

  23. e.henry says: Sep 3, 2010 1:10 PM

    Well at it’s core it just proves that he is a wasted draft pick. He is a RB and both his injuries this preseason have come on non contact when he was trying to make a cut. Which tells me that he doesn’t know how to run so what good is a RB who can’t do the only job he has in the game.

  24. civilwarfish says: Sep 3, 2010 1:34 PM

    Hardesty was a calculated risk. He wont pay off this year, but he may well do so next year…and with teammates stronger from this year’s work. He wasnt gonna be there in the 4th round…he was targeted by a few who were following the Browns and expressed disappointment in not getting him.
    What i have seen of him tells me that once hes healthy again, he will prove to be worth the wait.

  25. Duan says: Sep 3, 2010 2:05 PM

    @ civilwarfish – nice try, but no cigar!
    Considering the history and the need to fill quality with that roster, Heckert took too much of a gamble and we can’t afford to wait!
    Palmer, Davis, Robiskie, Crennel and now Mangini in a 10 year period, we been waiting enough.
    Mardesty was something the Browns couldn’t afford to risk. For example, Miami, Baltimore, D.C., New York Giants, Cowboys are teams that could afford that kind of mistake with the stable of running backs they have.
    His health history was there for them and they (Heckert) said “F” it! I am highly pissed off, we can’t keep going throw this crap! We went through it with LeCharles Bentley, Kellen Winslow, Brady Quinn, Braylon Edwards.
    Heck even with TJ Ward, we’ve been fortunate – because he has a history of injuries.
    We you come to a team with a roster this decimated, you can’t take calculated risks, especially at RB

  26. DB26 says: Sep 3, 2010 2:20 PM

    @JungleNosey:
    Bengals = how many losing seasons since 1990? If they are going to move any team out of the league, it is the sorry ass Bengals. You turds have 1 good season & act like you’ve won the SB 20 straight. Too bad that morons like you trump the decent Bengals fans of the world who aren’t douchebottles.

  27. CKL says: Sep 3, 2010 2:57 PM

    Wow that sucks…he seems like a nice kid. One good thing for Cle is that since they have not had him on the field until last night, they have a number of other RBs with some good experience and production in their O already this year.

  28. I_luv_the_Clowns says: Sep 3, 2010 3:06 PM

    WTF – no staph infection comments? I’m disappointed.

  29. civilwarfish says: Sep 3, 2010 3:12 PM

    @Duan
    I guess I look at it differently. I see it as Holmgren and Heckert looking at the past ten years and saying it didnt matter anymore. Nothing notable to hang onto, or hold against, the possibilities for the future.
    They took the core Mangini had found within the rubble he inherited, and built upon that. Hardesty and Ward were 1st round caliber picks that fell to lower levels because of injury history. If you risk losing one lower round pick and get an extra 1st round caliber person while losing one who is then the lower pick…why not try. Get at least one top flight man for the price of two lesser quality ones.
    LeCharles Bentley wasnt the fault of a bad signing. Neither was Kellen Winslow. Injuries were the bane. And both were stupid injuries caused from all indicators by the players extracirricular activities. Same for Courtney Brown. Braylon was more of a pick too high…he had brick hands at Michigan, and he kept it up here.
    As far as waiting enough..I think we all agree it has been a long wait, but to say enough essentially that you expect immediate success, and that isnt a likelyhood, although they look better at this point than I expected they would.

  30. RayRay says: Sep 3, 2010 3:55 PM

    RayRay,
    Bad Luck Browns. Montario out. I was looking forward to a “smash-mouth” running attack , especially against Pittsburgh. This happens to all teams but Cleveland does need a break. Davis and Jerome should do well. Who knows two 1,000 yards rushers?

  31. RayRay says: Sep 3, 2010 3:55 PM

    RayRay,
    Bad Luck Browns. Montario out. I was looking forward to a “smash-mouth” running attack , especially against Pittsburgh. This happens to all teams but Cleveland does need a break. Davis and Jerome should do well. Who knows two 1,000 yards rushers?

  32. DingyHarry says: Sep 3, 2010 5:29 PM

    This one is going to bite Heckert in the butt. It is too bad but that is what you get for drafting someone with such a long injury history. The good news is McCoy had a better outing this week. The Browns really need Haden and Ward to step up.

  33. HereThere says: Sep 3, 2010 5:31 PM

    I would’ve thought the Browns fans would’ve loved this. They usually cheer when they’re players get injured. Hardcore, those Browns fans are! Right.

  34. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Sep 3, 2010 7:11 PM

    HereThere says:
    September 3, 2010 5:31 PM
    I would’ve thought the Browns fans would’ve loved this. They usually cheer when they’re players get injured. Hardcore, those Browns fans are! Right.
    ___________________________________
    What in God’s name are you talking about? DA? Hell yeah. They will in Arizona, too. It’s the only way to save the season if he’s lining up under guard …er, center.

  35. civilwarfish says: Sep 3, 2010 7:59 PM

    @ HereThere
    Usually?
    Once, a small portion of the fans cheered as their preferred quarterback prepared to enter the game as a result of the injury to Derek Anderson. And yes, it surely sounded like they were cheering his injury, and probably some were. The rest of us..both in the stadium and at home, were ashamed of these fans and the image they painted of Cleveland Brown fans in general.
    Browns fans are hardcore, but cheering injury is past hardcore and borders inhumanity.
    Its not just Browns fans. I read the article about Suh being fined for his hit on Delhomme in the game against Detroit. The Lion fns were quite proud of how hard Suh hit and wished he had done more damage. I read one thread, forget which one, where a poster wished that another poster would die. Nobody at that point had commented on how vile that wish was. And honestly neither did I. We are desensitized to all this.
    It is kind of a shame actually.
    But Cleveland fans dont for the most part ever cheer for injury of ANY player, ours our theirs.

  36. tobago says: Sep 3, 2010 8:44 PM

    That is a shame , but what s new for the franchise named the Cleveland Browns or for the city of Cleveland, period. As a sports city, Cleveland always come up short, and i am a Browns fan. Hardesty seems to be a good back, a good pick , something the Browns dont do much. But he came in with a history of injuries, so its should not be a real surprise. Especially for us Browns fans. Hopefully they have enough depth to make up for his loss.

  37. thetruckerking says: Sep 5, 2010 3:20 PM

    This wasn’t exactly a shock to anyone. I like a lot of things that the new Cleveland management has done but Hardesty was a horrible draft decision. For one, Cleveland is loaded with quality RB’s. Hardesty cost the Browns basically 3 draft picks. How would a combination of 3 new linemen on both sides of the ball have looked? On a team with so many needs how can you justify losing 3 picks on a guy with 3 knee surgeries under his belt before he ever plays a down as a pro?
    On the brighter side, this opens the door for Peyton Hillis to get huge playing time. People are commenting that they thought Hardesty was going to be a beast? Wait until the Vickers/Hillis train makes a stop in your town. In pre-season (which means nothing) opposing D-backs were frozen in horror as Hillis approached them. He is especially punishing when he catches little dump passes out of the backfield already having a full head of steam.
    The Browns aren’t going anywhere this year but the Vickers/Hillis show is going to be worth the price of admission. Smash mouth much?

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