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Montario Hardesty | Running Back | #20

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 225
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (59) / CLE
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Raiders worked out free agent RBs Montario Hardesty, Keiland Williams and Jonathan Grimes.
Darren McFadden (hamstring) and Rashad Jennings (hamstring) are both questionable for Sunday's game at Kansas City. That leaves only Marcel Reece and Jeremy Stewart as healthy backs on the active roster. If one of this uninspiring free agent trio ends up signed, we'll know the Raiders expect DMC and Jennings to sit. Wed, Oct 9, 2013 08:39:00 AM

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Browns released RB Montario Hardesty with an injury settlement.

Hardesty had been on injured reserve. He's now available to sign with the highest bidder, although not many teams are likely to come calling. The 59th overall pick in the 2010 draft, 26-year-old Hardesty has averaged 3.5 yards per career carry while battling chronic knee and hamstring injuries.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 05:31:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns are planning to release RB Montario Hardesty from injured reserve with an injury settlement Monday.

Hardesty underwent a knee scope about six weeks ago, so he's likely closing in on 100 percent. He's missed 29 games since being a second-round pick out of Tennessee in 2010. Hardesty has a 3.5 YPC average on 153 career carries.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 10:53:00 AM

Browns placed RB Montario Hardesty (knee surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Hardesty's surgery was just a scope, but his lengthy injury history was working against him. It's possible he'll be cut loose with an injury settlement once he gets healthy. We should say, if he gets healthy. The Browns figure to improvise with Brandon Jackson and FB Chris Ogbonnaya behind Trent Richardson. Hardesty is just 26, but injuries are on the verge of chasing him out of the league less than four years after being a second-round pick.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 05:21:00 PM

A source tells the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that Montario Hardesty (knee scope) will miss the first 2-3 regular season games.

This will likely become a moot point once the Browns cut Hardesty. He's torn the ACL in both of his knees, torn a calf muscle, dealt with pulled hamstring, and currently has a dislocated thumb while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Hardesty's injuries have completely crippled his NFL career.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 12:44:00 PM

Montario Hardesty will undergo a knee scope Thursday.

This should seal the deal on Hardesty's roster chances. Already dealing with a dislocated thumb, he'll now need at least two weeks of rehab before getting back on the practice field. Dion Lewis has run away with the backup job, although we suspect Lewis would share time with Chris Ogbonnaya and Brandon Jackson in the event of a Trent Richardson injury. A 2010 second-round pick, Hardesty has 537 yards on 153 carries (3.50 YPC) and one touchdown in his NFL career.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Browns RB Montario Hardesty has been diagnosed with a dislocated thumb, and will sit out of Thursday's preseason game.

Hardesty is still practicing on a limited basis, but this might just about do it for his roster chances. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported last week that Hardesty had a "decent chance" of keeping his roster spot, but only if he stayed healthy. Thus far in camp, he's been unable to stay healthy, while Dion Lewis has showed well. We might not know Trent Richardson's primary handcuff until after the third preseason game. Brandon Jackson is also in the mix.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 10:55:00 PM

Montario Hardesty (hamstring) returned to practice Sunday at Browns camp.

Hardesty has battled the hamstring strain off and on since camp began, and is losing ground to Dion Lewis. To save his roster spot, Hardesty will have to stay off the shelf and likely show well in at least two preseason games.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 04:09:00 PM

Sources "close to the situation" tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Browns RB Montario Hardesty's (hamstring) has a "decent chance" to keep his roster spot if he can get healthy.

The implication being, if final cuts were due this week, Hardesty likely wouldn't make it. The oft-injured fourth-year pro has barely practiced this summer and won't to suit up for Thursday's preseason opener. The Plain Dealer hinted earlier this week that Hardesty is in a direct competition with Brandon Jackson. Newcomer Dion Lewis appears to have already clinched a roster spot.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 05:57:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer hints backup RBs Montario Hardesty and Brandon Jackson are vying for one roster spot.

Dion Lewis seems to have sewn up a job, either as the No. 2 or 3 back, with a fast start to training camp. Hardesty, meanwhile, has battled an ongoing hamstring injury. Jackson is better in pass protection than the both of them.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 07:02:00 PM

Montario Hardesty (hamstring) has resumed practicing at Browns camp.

Hardesty only missed a few practices, but it's a reminder of his complete lack of durability dating back to Tennessee. He's not assured of a 53-man spot.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 10:20:00 AM

Montario Hardesty is missing time with a hamstring injury at Browns camp, and "now runs the risk of being cut."

Dion Lewis has capitalized on his opportunity to run with the second team, and the Browns can keep Chris Ogbonnaya as a No. 3 back. The Browns' new front office and coaches have no ties to Hardesty, who's been an injury-plagued disappointment through three NFL seasons. He's very much on the bubble.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 05:50:00 PM

ESPN Cleveland considers Montario Hardesty's roster spot in danger.

This one's a bit out there, as Hardesty ran with the first team during Trent Richardson's absence in OTAs, drawing praise from coach Rob Chudzinski. He's averaged just 3.5 yards on his 153 career carries, however, and has been a liability as a pass catcher. Aware of that fact, Hardesty has been working on his hands. The Browns also have Brandon Jackson, Dion Lewis, Miguel Maysonet and Chris Ogbonnaya competing for roster spots behind Richardson. We still consider Hardesty the favorite for handcuff duties.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 02:23:00 PM

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski was impressed by Montario Hardesty at OTAs.

With Trent Richardson sidelined, Hardesty handled the vast majority of first-team tailback reps. "He has the natural instincts and he is a slasher who has good vision," said Chud. "The thing I’ve really seen and been most impressed with is him catching the ball. I don't think he dropped a pass out here." Hardesty will be worth a handcuff pick for T-Rich owners in deeper leagues.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 01:13:00 PM

Montario Hardesty is getting the first-team reps at OTAs.

Trent Richardson is nursing a shin injury and may not even be ready for camp. Considering T-Rich's injury history, Hardesty is shaping up as a must-own handcuff. He averaged 4.16 YPC and scored one touchdown on 65 carries last season. The Browns have one of the game's best offensive lines. Coach Rob Chudzinski said Hardesty has been "impressive" at OTAs and has really worked on his hands in the passing game.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 11:25:00 AM

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