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Montario Hardesty

Montario Hardesty - #20 - RB

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 0"/ 225 lbs.
Birthday 02/01/1987
Birthplace New Bern, NC
College Tennessee
Years played 4
Drafted 2010, 2nd round, 27th pick by Browns

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

Att Yds TD
65 271 1

Browns' Hardesty top option with Richardson sidelined

Posted Aug. 19, 2012 @ 1:46 p.m. ET
Browns RB Montario Hardesty fought injuries his first two NFL seasons, but he has fared better this summer.

Richardson only sure thing in Browns' backfield

Posted June 16, 2012 @ 7:39 p.m. ET
The Browns have their featured back in Trent Richardson. How much work their other tailbacks get remains to be seen. 

Browns 60-second rant: Don't forget RB on list of needs

Posted Jan. 04, 2012 @ 5:04 a.m. ET
In addition to quarterback and wide receiver, the Browns need to address the RB position in the offseason, writes PFW's Mike Wilkening.

Hardesty's first two seasons defined by injuries

Posted Dec. 28, 2011 @ 10:57 p.m. ET
The 2012 season could be a pivotal one for Browns RB Montario Hardesty, but his health will be key.

Steelers-Browns matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Dec. 27, 2011 @ 8:43 p.m. ET
Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Steelers-Browns game.

Five questions with PFW Browns correspondent Tony Grossi

Posted Dec. 17, 2011 @ 12:30 a.m. ET
PFW correspondent Tony Grossi, the Browns' beat writer for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, recently answered five questions about the state of the club as it nears the end of another playoff-less season.

Browns 60-second rant: Browns need to spread carries around

Posted Dec. 06, 2011 @ 10:02 p.m. ET
It's time for the Browns to start spreading the work around a little more in the backfield, and Chris Ogbonnaya merits more opportunities than he's received the last two games.

Hillis, Hardesty active for Browns

Posted Nov. 27, 2011 @ 11:59 a.m. ET
Browns RBs Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty are active for Sunday's game at Cincinnati after missing multiple games with injuries.

Reports: Browns' Hillis, Hardesty likely again out Sunday

Posted Nov. 07, 2011 @ 3:11 p.m. ET
The Browns will likely again be without RBs Peyton Hillis (hamstring) and Montario Hardesty (calf) on Sunday vs. St. Louis, head coach Pat Shurmur indicated Monday, multiple media outlets reported.

Browns' RB woes a major concern

Posted Oct. 31, 2011 @ 9:56 p.m. ET
Injuries have left the Browns thin at running back, and the organization has some decisions to make — and some self-analysis to do — in the offseason, writes PFW's Mike Wilkening.

Work still plentiful for Hillis in Browns' new offense

Posted Oct. 07, 2011 @ 2:30 p.m. ET
Though he has more competition for work, Browns RB Peyton Hillis remains the starter in an offense that keeps its tailbacks busy.

Titans-Browns matchup of the day: Thursday

Posted Sept. 29, 2011 @ 9:46 p.m. ET
Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Titans-Browns game.

Second-year RBs Tate, Hardesty looking up at stars

Posted June 02, 2011 @ 11:53 a.m. ET
After missing their rookie seasons with injuries, RBs Ben Tate and Montario Hardesty are now stuck behind a couple of the league's best backs.

Holmgren likes versatility of Hillis, Hardesty

Posted March 17, 2011 @ 4:17 p.m. ET
If the Browns enter 2011 with Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty as their top running backs, team president Mike Holmgren would have no problem with that scenario.  

Browns positional analysis: Running backs

Posted Feb. 18, 2011 @ 10:06 a.m. ET
This is the second in a series of position-by-position looks at the Browns' personnel entering the 2011 season. Here is our analysis of Cleveland's RB situation.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted Oct. 18, 2012
If starter Trent Richardson continues to be bothered by a rib cartilage injury, Hardesty could be in line to see extended action against the Colts Sunday.||||||| Richardson, who suffered the injury against the Bengals Sunday, is expected to start. However, the Browns figure to be monitoring him closely. Chris Ogbonnaya could also see more touches if Richardson is limited.
Posted Aug. 19, 2012
Coach Pat Shurmur said Sunday that Hardesty is making the most of increased playing time since Richardson had knee surgery Aug. 9.||||||| Except for Hardesty's costly fumble on the first play at Green Bay on Thursday, the third-year running back is showing the style the Browns expected when they made him a second-round choice in 2010.
Posted Aug. 07, 2012
If Trent Richardson can't play Friday, Hardesty will get the chance to show if he has progressed.||||||| A second-round choice from Tennessee in 2010, he tore up his left knee in the preseason that year and missed the entire season. In sporadic time a year ago, he rushed for 266 yards in 10 games. Hardesty, in better shape now after dropping about 10 pounds down to 215, is eager to play.
Posted Oct. 31, 2011
Hardesty is active against Baltimore after missing four games with a calf injury. Hardesty was set to make his return last week at Cincinnati but aggravated his injury during warmups.||||||| With Hardesty back and Peyton Hillis healthy after missing five games with a hamstring injury, the Browns are as healthy on offense as they've been all season.
Posted Oct. 30, 2011
Hardesty has left Cleveland's game against the San Francisco 49ers with a calf injury, leaving the Browns without their top two running backs.||||||| Hardesty injured his calf in the second quarter Sunday and was not on the field for Cleveland's first drive of the third quarter. The Browns said his return was "possible."

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