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Montario Hardesty Injury: Torn Calf Muscle Will Keep Him Out Of At Least Two Games

Montario Hardesty filled in admirably for Peyton Hillis when the Cleveland Browns starting running back missed time due to injury. With Hardesty suffering a torn calf muscle in Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers, however, the team will need to find someone else to rely on until the backfield can get get healthy.

"Hardesty will most likely be out at least two weeks with his torn calf muscle," according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.  Hardesty missed the entire 2010 season, his rookie year, after suffering a torn ACL in Cleveland's first preseason game.

If Hillis is unable to get healthy by the team's next game, Chris Ogbonnaya would be the only running back available on the Browns active squad -- and considering he was only signed off the Houston Texans' practice squad on Oct. 18, there are doubts he'd be able to step in and make much of a difference.

The Browns are likely to look at running back's on Tuesday, according to Cabot, and may even give wide receiver Josh Cribbs a look in the backfield.

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