Hardesty, who was starting in place of the injured Peyton Hillis, suffered a torn calf muscle after just two carries for six yards during last Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The injury is expected to sideline Hardesty for at least two weeks.
A 2010 second-round pick out of Tennessee, Hardesty spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a torn ACL. In seven games this season, including a couple of starts, Hardesty has a team-high 75 carries and 244 yards rushing, and has caught 12 passes for 113 yards, but is still seeking his first NFL touchdown.
In addition to Hardesty, the Browns are expected to be without Hillis when they take on the Texans on Sunday. Hillis aggravated his hamstring injury, leaving the team with untested Chris Ogbonnaya and Thomas Clayton at the running back position.
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