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Browns Backfield In Bad Shape

Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur mentioned that RB Montario Hardesty will be out indefinitely as he suffered a “moderate” tear in his right calf, per Mary Kay Cabot.

(Hardesty) will miss some games, I can’t tell you how many,” said Shurmur.

Peyton Hillis is still dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out of Sunday’s game against the 49ers. As of now Hillis is still considered to be day to day.

Chris Ogbonnaya appears to be in line for his first NFL start against the Houston Texans in Week 9 depending on how Hillis recovers from his injury. Ogbonnaya finished Sunday’s game by talleying 37 yards on 11 carries which isn’t that great but was considerably better than Hardesty.

It’s been a terrible season for the Browns and their running backs as free agent acquisition Brandon Jackson was lost for the season during the preseason and Hillis has wound up missing a number of games because of injuries and contract disputes. Now Hardesty, a second-round pick from a two years ago, is out for an extended period of time for the second time in as many seasons. A lot has been made about Colt McCoy‘s performance this season but I wonder if any quarterback could have been successful in this situation.

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