Browns second-round pick Montario Hardesty was expected to compete with Jerome Harrison for the right to start at RB, but after twisting his knee last week, Hardesty likely will miss the next few weeks of practice.
"We're taking it real slow, conservative,” coach Eric Mangini said Saturday in quotes captured by the Associated Press . "We'll see where it is at that point (after rehabbing it)."
Hardesty had performed well during the offseason, and though Harrison had an awesome end of last year – rushing for 561 yards and five TDs in the final three games of the season to help save Mangini’s job – the Browns drafted Hardesty in the second round of the Draft.
Though Hardesty was injury-prone while he played at Tennessee, the Browns – who traded up to the second round in order to snag him – liked his bruising style. Not only that, Cleveland eventually plans to make him the featured back in the offense.
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