RB Brandon Jackson on if he's been promoted: 'I don't know yet. I don't want to jump the gun, but it feels good to be out there w/ the 1s.'— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) August 26, 2012
While Jackson was hesitant to call himself the backup, Hardesty has had two fumbles in the Browns' last two games, and head coach Pat Shurmur said that trend won't bode well for Hardesty if it continues, according to ESPN Cleveland.
The two are vying for time behind currently injured rookie Trent Richardson, who is expected to return for the first game of the regular season.
Jackson was playing with the first team on Sunday while Hardesty did only a few drills. He told The Plain Dealer he was fine despite donning a sleeve on his right leg.