Browns RB Montario Hardesty Has Torn ACL

Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty left last night's game with a left knee injury, and the preliminary diagnosis is a torn ACL, ESPN's Adam Schefter.

UPDATE: Schefter confirms that Hardesty has a torn ACL and will miss the 2010 season.

Hardesty battled injuries throughout his college career, including a torn ACL in his right knee as a freshman. A bone bruise to his right knee kept Hardesty sidelined for most of training camp and the first three pre-season games.

Losing Hardesty for the season would be a big blow to the Browns' running game, which was looking to pair the 6-0, 225-pounder with Jerome Harrison (5-9, 205) to hopefully a running back tandem capable of moving the chains and controlling the clock.

With Hardesty out, 2009 sixth-round pick James Davis, who spent much of his rookie season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, is expected to gain more carries, as will Peyton Hillis.

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