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Montario Hardesty will have knee scoped on Thursday

Montario Hardesty AP

If Browns running back Montario Hardesty winds up making the team this year, it will be a rebuke to the idea that you can’t make the club from the tub.

Hardesty has missed time in camp because of a hamstring injury and he dislocated his thumb earlier this week, two injuries which have turned out to be preludes to arthroscopic knee surgery. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced Wednesday that Hardesty will have the procedure done on Thursday, which will keep him sidelined for most or all of what’s left of the preseason.

“His knee’s been nagging him for a little bit,” Chudzinski said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “This is unrelated to the hamstring tendon that he had injured that kept him out earlier in camp.”

Injuries have been a problem for Hardesty since he joined Cleveland in 2010 as a second-round pick. Hardesty has played just 23 games in his three seasons with the Browns and reports out of Cleveland have Dion Lewis solidifying himself as Trent Richardson’s primary backup at tailback. Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya are also vying for spots on the roster.

While Chudzinski didn’t rule out Hardesty winding up on the 53-man roster, his inability to stay healthy makes it tough for the team to count on him on weekly basis. That’s not a good sign for a player who originally arrived in Cleveland with high hopes for the future.

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6 Responses to “Montario Hardesty will have knee scoped on Thursday”
  1. pmars64 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:28 PM

    It’s too bad about Hardesty. He’s a pretty talented kid and, when he’s healthy, he provides pop from the backfield. Just can’t stay on the field and I’ll be surprised if he’s on the opening day roster. Maybe they’ll IR him, but that’s a long shot.

  2. godofwine330 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:31 PM

    Damned shame. This guy can’t stay on the field. A slew of injuries and now thi year alone a hamstring, a thumb from a Wildcat play, and now a knee scope? I can’t believe we traded up for this guy. Heck, we traded up for Richardson, too. for what we mortaged we didn’t get much at all.

  3. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 14, 2013 2:36 PM

    Soon Montario will be in Ontario playing in the CFL.

  4. erikinhell says: Aug 14, 2013 3:54 PM

    IR him for the season and see if he can get healthy. He doesn’t cost much, and he’s not worth anything in trade if he’s injured. I believe next year is his contract year anyway.

  5. ohiogator says: Aug 14, 2013 4:29 PM

    I would hate to see montarios career end due to injuries. He’s a good dude that has had alot of bad luck

  6. brownoholic says: Aug 14, 2013 6:06 PM

    Soon to be scoping the want ads . . .

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