Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty was held out of practice Sunday with a lower body injury. Hardesty had emerged this preseason with Trent Richardson's absence, splitting time with Brandon Jackson in Cleveland's backfield. Hardesty has developed a history of injuries in his brief career, and despite his talent, he seems to be falling out of favor in Cleveland.
Analysis: Brandon Jackson took first team reps with both Montario Hardesty and Trent Richardson sidelined by injuries. Richardson will likely take over the lead in the backfield once he is healthy again. Hardesty could have a shot at taking a chunk of carries from Richardson if he gets healthy, but that's a big if. Meanwhile, Jackson is the best pass-catching back the team has. I would avoid Cleveland's backfield entirely at this point given the state of the offseason and uncertainty surrounding each player's workload.