Berea, OH (WOIO) - Montario Hardesty's career with the Browns never took off. A second-round pick back in 2010, he missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury, and has been battling to stay on the field ever since.
The latest, another knee injury, that followed a thumb injury, that followed a hamstring issue. It will require arthroscopic surgery, and in a way, may buy Montario some time, because he was looking at an uphill battle to make the team as it was.
If anybody can help Hardesty keep his spirits up, it's D'Qwell Jackson. The Browns linebacker, and defensive leader, Jackson missed most of 2009 and all of 2010 with pectoral injuries, yet kept battling back, leading the Browns in tackles in 2011, and 2012, and proving he may be the most resilient man in the NFL.
Montario's going to need some of that strength. As D'Qwell said on Wednesday, it's all about the attitude. The will to face one more round of rehab, knowing your roster spot is anything but secure.
This latest injury isn't a career-ender. It's certainly not as serious as the injuries that D'Qwell faced a few years ago. But it may be enough to end Montario's days in Cleveland. Whether he can battle back for yet another shot in the NFL remains to be seen.
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