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.