BEREA, Ohio - Browns second-year running back Montario Hardesty took part in practice on Monday for the first time in close to a year.
Cleveland's 2010 second-round pick and former Tennessee Volunteer suffered a torn ACL during the first preseason game last year. His return has been one of the main topics of discussion during this year's training camp, and Monday, he finally took the field.
Hardesty took hand-offs, caught a few screen passes, and even was hit to the ground (unlikely for anyone at this point of practice, let alone a guy that's returning from an ACL surgery). His motions were fluid. To the naked eye, the left knee seemed to not be holding him back.
"I've been playing football all my life, when I'm on the football field it's just about going out there and playing ball," Hardesty said on Monday about returning to practice after such a long period of time.
Coach Pat Shurmur did not have an answer as to if Hardesty would see game action this Friday against the Detroit Lions.