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Montario Hardesty is down…again, but not out

BY RAY ROBINSON | 8/15/2013, 12:17 p.m.

Montario Hardesty’s latest injury may have been the injury that broke the camels back. Well, not really. But the injuries have kept him under the microscopic eye of fans, analysts, coaches and team owners.

Hardesty, who has had mounting health issues dating back to his rookie season with the Browns in 2010, now needs a scope done on his left knee. The surgery, that is expected to be done today, will cause the struggling and often injured back to miss 2-3 weeks of game time.

Hardesty had just dislocated his right thumb and was already going to miss suiting up for the second preseason test game against the Detroit Lions tonight at FirstEnergy Stadium. He had just returned to the practice field on Monday after missing substantial playing time nursing a bad hamstring tendon.

The orthoscopic surgery that Hardesty needs is on the same knee that he tore the ACL in in the final preseason game of 2010. That injury caused him to miss his entire rookie season in which he was expected to have good numbers.

Hardesty missed time last season as well with a torn calf muscle that kept him sidelined. On yesterday, the thumb on his right hand was taped, however, he was still able to pull a glove over it.

Thankfully, the team is still standing behind the oft-injured back and hopes to see him on the field, making a few plays and scoring touchdowns.

In Hardesty’s absence, newly acquired running back, Dion Lewis, has stepped up and continues to battle for a spot on the roster. Lewis looked good in the first preseason game and is expected to be featured tonight against the Lions.

Game time is 7:30pm