August 21, 2014

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Halftime update: Browns tied; Montario Hardesty hurt

CLEVELAND — The Browns and Bears are tied at 10 at halftime in the preseason finale, but the big news is that rookie running back Montario Hardesty injured his left knee.

He carried seven times for 25 yards and a touchdown in his Browns debut, and was hurt on a 2-yard carry off left guard in the second quarter. He left the game, walked to the locker room and didn’t return in the first half. The Browns didn’t announce specifics of the injury and said his return was questionable.

Hardesty missed all of training camp with a bone bruise in his right knee. He left the University of Tennessee with a long injury history, including surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the right knee in 2005. He had three knee surgeries total.

Hardesty was able to walk off the field and into the locker room on his own power and didn’t appear to be in great pain. But he look dismayed.

Rookie QB Colt McCoy started the game and fumbled his first snap, setting up a Chicago touchdown. McCoy recovered nicely to go 10-for-10 for 93 yards, two sacks and a 105.4 rating.

James Davis replaced Hardesty and rushed for 33 yards and caught three passes for 38 yards.

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