At the start of training camp, it stood out that the Browns’ second-round pick, RB Montario Hardesty, was not on the field. At the time, fans were told that he would miss about two weeks of camp.â†µ
About three weeks later, head coach Eric Mangini is still playing the, “he’ll practice in the near future” card. Instead of missing just the first preseason game, it looks like Hardesty will miss at least three — it’s hard to imagine he’ll be ready for this Saturday’s game against the Detroit Lions. Regarding the regular season?â†µ
“Yes, I would him expect him to [be ready for the season],” said coach Eric Mangini. “There’s been no setback. Based on the plan that we had and the progress that he has made, my anticipation is that he’ll be practicing again in the near future and ideally playing in the opener.”â†µ
[Mangini] said Hardesty might get some practice reps late this week, “but it’s subject to change.”â†µ
While Hardesty is out, FB/RB Peyton Hillis continues to shine. Following the game against the Rams, Mangini pointed out just how versatile Hillis will be for the team this season:â†µ
“He catches the ball well,” said Mangini. “That’s going to be one of his roles. He can play fullback, he can play on special teams, he can play on third down, he’s a tough, physical guy with the ball, and that’s the guy that we were looking for when we made the trade [with Denver].”â†µ
If that doesn’t screw up your mind for fantasy drafts, then more power to you!