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Rookie running back Montario Hardesty was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft and they spent multiple picks to grab the runner.
With such a high investment in an injury-prone player, the Browns took a risk.
This risk looked to be paying off since the Cleveland media reported about Hardesty's excellence in rookie camp and OTAs to the point that even the coaching staff looked like they would start the rookie at running back in 2010.
Then his susceptibility to injury struck and first he banged his knee hard right before training camp, missing most of camp.
When healthy, he came back and played in the final preseason game and looked strong and fast but then he went down with yet another knee injury and was done for the season.
Now if Hardesty didn't go down, then Hillis wouldn't have had the breakout year he had, but look for Hardesty to be highly motivated to play hard and fast in 2011 to not only give Hillis more rest during games, but to possibly give the Browns their first dual-1,000 yards rushers since the days of Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner.
Is that statement a bit speculative?
Of course it is, but it is also a satire award too.
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(Also posted on Dawg Scooper: A Cleveland Browns Source)