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.