BEREA – Running back Montario Hardesty’s string of bad injury luck continued today when he injured his thumb and left practice.
He was hit in the right thumb on a high direct snap and quickly sought the attention of trainers. The thumb was heavily wrapped in ice and Hardesty watched drills from the sideline.
After about 20 minutes, he walked into the locker room and didn’t return.
Hardesty was taking his first repetitions in team drills since July 31, missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury. It was his second play of the day.
Coach Rob Chudzinski didn’t have an update on the severity of the injury immediately after practice.
Hardesty is listed as the second running back on the depth chart, but his roster spot is in jeopardy. During his time on the sideline, Dion Lewis and Brandon Jackson have performed well.
Hardesty has been snake-bit by injuries since he joined the Browns as a second-round pick in 2010. He missed all of his rookie season and was limited to 10 games in 2011 and 13 in 2012.
He’s made five starts in 23 games, rushing for 537 yards and a 3.5 average with a touchdown.
Other news and notes from Day 15 of training camp:
** Starting running back Trent Richardson said he’s 100 percent healthy, including his troublesome shin, and wants to play Thursday night against the Lions, but will agree with whatever decision Chudzinski makes. Richardson said the important thing is to be ready for the regular-season opener Sept. 8.
** Cornerback Chris Owens (arch), receiver Jordan Norwood (hamstring) and offensive lineman Oniel Cousins (ankle) returned to practice. Owens was the only one to take part in team drills, but was limited to the two-minute period.
** Rookie cornerback Leon McFadden (groin), receiver David Nelson (knee), offensive lineman Ryan Miller (concussion), fullback Brock Bolen (calf) and defensive lineman Hall Davis (hamstring) remained sidelined.
** Shayne Graham won the day in the kicker battle.
The veteran beat rookie Brandon Bogotay in the pre-practice kick-off, 5-4. Both were good on their final attempt from 53 yards.
During practice, Graham was good from 50 on his lone attempt, while Bogotay was wide right.
** The first- and second-team offenses failed in the two-minute drill.