Montario Hardesty gets a touchdown with Trent Richardson out

Richardson left the game with a flank injury, and Hardesty capitalized, giving the Browns the lead

Trent Richardson was running well today, but with the Browns driving, he had to exit the game with a flank injury. Enter Montario Hardesty. The former second-round pick has been injured most of his time as a Brown and fumble prone when he was healthy, but he looks fresh in relief duty against the Bengals.

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That touchdown gave the Browns a six point lead, and after a Bengals field goal, the Browns' offense struck again, ending in a Ben Watson touchdown from Brandon Weeden.

Richardson's return is probable, but with a two-score lead and Hardesty chugging along, he may not need to come back into the game. The lone winless team in the NFL just might find a way to get a victory without its best offensive player on the field.

For more on the Cleveland Browns, head over to Dawgs By Nature. And for more news and notes from around the league, visit the SB Nation NFL hub.

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