Montario Hardesty injures thumb fielding direct snap

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Browns reserve running back Montario Hardesty is dealing with an injury sustained in rather unlikely fashion.

Per multiple reports, Hardesty hurt his right thumb catching a direct snap on Monday.

“The ball hit his hand and he injured his thumb,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Monday, per Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com. “It’s a tough deal, but we’ll see what the status is.”

The 26-year-old Hardesty has played just 23-of-48 regular-season games since entering the NFL in 2010. He missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury.

Hardesty, who has also dealt with a hamstring injury during camp, is one of the Browns’ backups to starter Trent Richardson. He is a free agent at season’s end.