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Hardesty to have knee surgery

Berea, OH (WOIO) - First the hamstring, then the thumb, now the knee, as Montario Hardesty's injury woes continue. The Browns announced Wednesday that the running back will have arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Thursday.

"His knee's been nagging him for a little it," head coach Rob Chudzinski said. "This is unrelated to the hamstring tendon that he had injured that kept him out earlier this camp."

A second-round pick in 2010, Hardesty has battled injuries from the start. He had just returned to practice on Monday, following his hamstring issue, when he injured his right thumb trying to catch a direct snap during a wildcat drill.

Hardesty has played only 23 games in his three seasons with the Browns. The injury comes as another obstacle for the running back who must battle with Dion Lewis, Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya as Trent Richardson's backup.

Last season Hardesty ran for 271 yards with a 4.2 yard per carry average.


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