With a crowd that was quietly optimistic during the majority of the practice session, two notable young players were missing from the field.
Both first round pick Joe Haden and second round pick Montario Hardesty were not present on the practice field Saturday morning.
Haden was obviously not in attendance due to the fact that he is still unsigned and not under contract, but Hardesty is under contract.
After all the good press that Hardesty received during the offseason program including organized team activities and minicamp, Hardesty was sure to challenge for the starting running back spot against Jerome Harrison.
Even after all the praise, Hardesty was missing in action for unknown reasons which gave Harrison most of the reps with the first team offense, while backups James Davis and Chris Jennings saw more reps than they normally would have if Hardesty was present.
Halfback/fullback hybrid Peyton Hillis got to enjoy some reps from the running back spot due to Hardesty's absence too.
Whatever the reason is that Hardesty was not around has yet to be determined, but he may have hurt his position to take over the No. 1 spot on the depth chart and fans in attendance were even grumbling about not seeing the rookie who has been highly touted in the Cleveland media so far this offseason.
With no information available at the time of this article being published, hopefully it is good news rather than bad news for the Browns and their fans for their rookie running back.
UPDATE: 7/31/10 @ 3:25 P.M. EST: Haden has signed a five-year contract worth a total of $50 million with $26 million guaranteed and a $12 million bonus.