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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: RB Montario Hardesty has shot to face Jaguars

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 17, 2011
Cleveland Browns' Montario Hardesty (31) walks on the sidelines in an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Cleveland. The Rams won 13-12. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to discuss his team's home game Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:

  • Running back Montario Hardesty, who tore a calf muscle in his right leg Oct. 30 against the San Francisco 49ers, has a chance to play Sunday against the Jaguars, Shurmur said. Hardesty will run today like he did Wednesday, when he worked on the side with a trainer while the rest of the team practiced, Shurmur said. "We'll just see how he feels, and we'll make a determination on his availability as we get near the end of the week," Shurmur said. ... "I think he does (have a shot to play Sunday), and again we'll know more based on how he progresses today and tomorrow. So we'll see. I know he's anxious to get back out there, and I think he's looking forward to being healthy again. It's just a matter of when he can do it physically." Shurmur said the Browns will be cautious with Hardesty, who's pictured to the left. "I think it's important that we make sure he's right before we put him out there," Shurmur said. "I think that's the case with any injury and a running back dealing with a calf strain, that's probably the same." If Hardesty is healthy enough to play, Shurmur said he'll use him, though Hardesty might not have the number of carries he's had in some of the games. Running backs Chris Ogbonnaya and Thomas Clayton have played in recent weeks with Hardesty and Peyton Hillis sidelined.

  • Hillis (hamstring) and strong safety T.J. Ward (foot) have already been ruled out for Sunday. Shurmur said "it's hard to say" when Hillis will return to practice. "Maybe as soon as next week," Shurmur said. "I can't tell you that exactly, but it may be a couple more (weeks). We'll just have to see how this thing progresses."

  • Cornerback Dimitri Patterson (knee) and defensive end Jayme Mitchell (chest, ankle) are expected to be ready to play Sunday, Shurmur said.

  • Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi "felt good, ran around and looked good" during his return to practice Wednesday.


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