Browns claim two off waivers, place Hardesty on injured reserve in a flurry of roster moves


The Browns placed their second running back on injured reserve in two days on Tuesday when they announced that Montario Hardesty would not play at all this season.

Hardesty had arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this month, a procedure that came on the heels of a dislocated thumb and a hamstring injury that had dropped him down the depth chart behind Dion Lewis. Lewis is on injured reserve right alongside him after fracturing his leg.

That was one of the moves the Browns made on Tuesday to get down to the 75-man limit. They actually dropped even lower, but claimed a couple of players off waivers to bump their total back up. They claimed punter Colton Schmidt, who was with the 49ers, and linebacker Paul Hazel, formerly of the Jaguars, to round out the roster for the rest of the week. Neither player figures to do much more than that, however.

The Browns moved offensive lineman Chris Faulk to the reserve/non-football injury list and released linebacker Kendrick Adams, offensive lineman Dominic Alford, wide receiver Dominique Croom, defensive lineman Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, fullback Owen Marecic, offensive lineman Ryan Miller and tight end Travis Tannahill to complete their transactions for the day.

9 responses to “Browns claim two off waivers, place Hardesty on injured reserve in a flurry of roster moves

  1. Marecic was a throw away draft pick in the hopes that him and TRich would continue some sort of chemistry. That’s all. I’ll take Heckert and his boozy ways over Lumtardi and his boot licking any day of the week.

  2. Moving back into the 2nd rnd to draft a RB w/2 bum knees. More proof of Heckert’s drinking. Hardesty’s career was over before it ever started. Why not just cut him?

  3. perfect cuts! wish they could find a guard or tackle ,,,as far as hardesty goes i would bet as soon as he is healthy the browns will send him packing… i think there’s a rule where a team can dump a player who gets hurt.. GO CHUD!

  4. madelf-
    Owen Marecic went to Stanford. How could he and TRich “continue some sort of chemistry”? Sounds like you are talking about Brad Smelley, who blocked for Richardson at Alabama, and is still on the roster.

  5. Indeed. My bad. Just got cheesed over the the Heckert bashing. And, to be fair, neither one of them are panning out. BUT!!! Heck still wins.

  6. Putting Hardesty on IR might be a good move. Give him a year off, and see if he heals. Dump him if he doesn’t, and he doesn’t cost much.

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