Montario Hardesty Injury: Browns RB Ruled Out For Week 10

Montario Hardesty has already been ruled out for Week 10 with a calf injury for the Browns.

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Peyton Hillis, Montario Hardesty Injury Status: Both Browns Backs Ruled Out For Week 10

The Cleveland Browns removed a potentially significant lingering question mark for week ten by announcing that Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty are both OUT for Sunday's game versus the St. Louis Rams. Head coach Pat Shurmur made the announcement in his Monday morning press conference. Hillis has been dealing with a hamstring strain for several weeks while Hardesty suffered a torn calf muscle against the San Francisco 49ers. A Monday injury ruling is fairly rare, which indicates these are significant injuries for the short term.

Third string running back Chris Ogbonnaya will get the start on Sunday, with Thomas Clayton likely operating as his backup. The Browns might bring in a free agent back or two for a workout, but Ogbonnaya is likely the start. Ogbonnaya struggled against the Houston Texans, rushing 13 times for 28 yards as the Browns fell behind quickly and had to play catchup the rest of the game.

Ogbonnaya is not a fantastic option moving forward, but if you picked him up this past week, he could be a moderately decent flex option against the Rams. There are no byes this week so choose carefully if you elect to start Ogbonnaya. One option if you did claim him off waivers would be to try and swing a deal with a Peyton Hillis owner.

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Montario Hardesty Ruled Out For Week 9

As expected, Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty was officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

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.

For more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature.

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Montario Hardesty Injury Update: Browns RB Suffers Moderate Tear Of Calf Muscle

The Cleveland Browns suffered a tough 20-10 loss Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers and now have suffered a further loss. Running back Montario Hardesty left the game in the first quarter with a calf injury and it has now been revealed to be a moderate calf tear that will leave him out "some time."

Hardesty was filling in at the starting running back position for Peyton Hillis who has been dealing with his own hamstring issue. Hillis was deactivated for Sunday's game and remains day-to-day with his injury. Chris Ogbonnaya filled in for Hardesty after he went down and will likely be in line for more carries week nine against the Houston Texans.

Given Hardesty's injury and Hillis' own gimpy status, it would not be surprising to see the Browns bring in some running backs for workouts to fill out the depth chart. The Browns head to Houston this weekend and could find themselves playing from behind, particularly if the Texans get Andre Johnson back in the fold. None of the Browns running backs is a quality play at this point.

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Montario Hardesty Injury Update: Hamstring Places Brown RB On Sideline With Peyton Hillis

The Cleveland Browns struggled to get much of a running game going on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, and they were not helped by multiple injury issues at the running back position. Peyton Hillis was a scratch for the game as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Expected starter Montario Hardesty left the game with a calf issue after only two rushing attempts. Hardesty will undergo an MRI on his calf on Monday to determine the extent of the damage.

After Hardesty went down, Chris Ogbonnaya took over and finished the game with 37 rushing yards on 11 attempts. The 49ers have been dominant against running backs this season and have not given up 100+ rushing yards or a rushing touchdown to a single running back all season. Furthermore, the team has not given up 100+ rushing yards to a running back since 2009. Not a good fantasy matchup week to week.

The Browns travel next week to face a Houston Texans squad that has been a bit inconsistent in defending the run. However, they also will likely have Andre Johnson back and if they run up a big lead, the Browns rushing attack may be negated. Of course, it remains to be seen who will actually be taking the handoffs next week. Peyton Hillis would be the favorite, but we'll know more as the week progresses.

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Montario Hardesty Fantasy: Out Early With Injury, Touches Limited

Though the San Fransisco 49ers run defense is very good, Montario Hardesty seemed like a good fantasy play. Peyton Hillis was out and Colt McCoy hasn't been great, so Hardesty was set to get a lot of carries. Unfortunately for Hardesty, the Browns, and fantasy owners, the Browns' backup RB was injured early, coming out after just two carries for six yards.

The Browns didn't expect Hillis to play entering their Week 8 matchup, so Hardesty got the pleasure of facing the 49ers' terrifying run defense. Entering Sunday's game, they were giving up an average of 74.7 rushing yards a game, good for second in the NFL, and hadn't allowed a 100-yard rusher since 2009.

Briefly Hardesty, then Chris Ogbonnaya also had to deal with a Niners defense that was stacking the box, because McCoy has been poor recently. It's probably not a good fantasy move to play a running back when Patrick Willis just knows he's going to be running. That's a bad situation.

For more on Hardesty and his matchup with the 49ers, check out Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature, and our Niners blog, Niners Nation. Also be sure to check out all of our fantasy football news and video highlights of the best Week 8 action.    

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Montario Hardesty Injury: Browns RB Leaves With Calf Injury

Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty left today’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a calf injury. His return is questionable, according to John Clayton of ESPN. Hardesty is starting in place of Peyton Hillis, who sat out this week still recovering from a hamstring injury.

The Browns are struggling against a resurgent 49ers team. They trail 17-3 in the third quarter. If Hardesty cannot return, it will leave Cleveland thin at running back. Recent addition Chris Ogbonnaya has done the bulk of the rushing work today, picking up eight carries for 25 yards. The 49ers defense is one of the toughest in the league, especially for opposing running backs.

This is Hardesty’s second season in the NFL. Prior to this game, he had 238 rushing yards on 73 carries for a very unproductive 3.3 yards per carry. He had 12 catches for 113 yards prior to this game, and he has yet to score either a receiving or rushing touchdown this season.

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