Monday was a big day for Browns' Montario Hardesty.
Yesterday Hardesty was on the practice field, in full pads. It was the first time for Hardesty on the field since August First. Since the beginning of training camp, Hardesty was working on the sidelines with an athletic trainer.
After practice, Hardesty said, “It was fun to get back out here and to start getting back to football mode and get things going again. I had fun.” Hardesty was asked if he felt like a rookie, he said “I don’t know if I feel like a rookie but I definitely had the jitters, just getting back out to practice and getting with the guys. I get the jitters before every practice and every game. It’s fun.”
Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said it was good to see Hardesty on the field. “It was good to see him out there," said Hardesty. "He made a couple nice runs. He caught the ball out of the backfield in some of the passing drills. He actually made a real nice catch. He was running away and the ball was a little behind him so he pinned it on his fanny and then brought it around. He did a good job. It was good seeing him out there. I think he enjoyed being back at practice. We’ll go in now and evaluate how he did and move forward.”
Shurmur said there will be times when both Peyton Hillis and Hardesty will play in the offensive backfield at the same time.