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Cleveland Browns 2010 Training Camp: Hardesty, Haden No-Shows on Day One

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IJuly 31, 2010

BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Montario Hardesty #31 of the Cleveland Browns takes a hand off from Colt McCoy #12 during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

NFL football has officially returned to the Greater Cleveland area with the opening of today's 2010 training camp to the general public.

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 @ 12:18 P.M. EST: According to Cleveland's newspaper, The Plain Dealer, Hardesty twisted his knee and will miss "a few weeks" according to the Browns.

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.

(Daniel Wolf is exclusively covering the Browns training camp for both Bleacher Report and Cleveland Browns Dawg Scooper: THE Cleveland Browns Blog.)

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