Browns rookie RB Hardesty injures knee in preseason win over Bears

More bad news for rookie running back Montario Hardesty. The Browns back will have an MRI tomorrow and is on crutches following the game, this after he hurt his knee in the second quarter of the Browns 13-10 win over the Bears at Browns Stadium Thursday night.

“I hurt my knee making a cut,” a dejected Hardesty said. “I really don’t know what it is. I can’t say it’s not frustrating. I want to stay positive, get as much information as possible and return my focus to getting better. I’m hopeful whatever it is, I can get back as soon as possible.”

Hardesty said it felt nothing like any of his previous injuries. A bone bruise on his right knee led to Hardesty missing 27 days of training camp and three preseason games. That’s the knee on which Hardesty had surgery to repair the dreaded anterior cruciate ligament tear as a freshman in 2005.

The injury to his left knee occurred on his seventh carry in his preseason debut against the Bears. That’s the knee that reportedly received an arthscopic procedure in 2006.

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