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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: RB Montario Hardesty will start vs. Bengals if he's able to return from injury

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 23, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its road game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:

  • Running back Montario Hardesty will start Sunday if he's able to play for the first time since he suffered a torn calf muscle in his right leg Oct. 30 against the San Francisco 49ers, Shurmur said. In that case, Chris Ogbonnaya would also receive playing time because Peyton Hillis (hamstring) has been ruled out against the Bengals. Hardesty, who's pictured to the left, will participate in team drills today during practice, Shurmur said. Hardesty practiced this past Friday, but he did not take part in team drills and was listed as limited on the team's injury report. He was then inactive for the third consecutive game this past Sunday when the Browns played the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  • Fullback Owen Marecic (concussion) won't practice today. Shurmur said he won't abandon his fullback packages if Marecic can't play Sunday. "We have guys that'll fill that position, so we can call two-back-type plays," Shurmur said. "We have a pretty good stable of tight ends who are used to playing in the backfield, so that could be the case."

  • Quarterback Colt McCoy will "do everything in practice today" despite hurting his throwing shoulder this past Sunday, Shurmur said. "He's ready to roll," Shurmur said.


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