Browns running back Montario Hardesty’s arthroscopic knee surgery “went as expected” today, a team spokesman said.
Dr. Mark Schickendantz performed the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
Hardesty will be out for at least the first two regular-season games because the minimum recovery time for a knee scope is usually about a month.
Hardesty was listed as Trent Richardson's main backup, so Dion Lewis, Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya, who converted from tailback to fullback in the offseason, will vie for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart when the Browns host the Detroit Lions at 7:30 tonight in the second preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The 6-foot, 225-pound Hardesty has been plagued by knee trouble throughout his career. He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the 2010 preseason finale, wiping out his entire rookie season with the Browns. As a freshman at the University of Tennessee in 2005, he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee.
Hardesty, a second-round draft pick in 2010, had been sidelined for most of training camp with an injured hamstring tendon. He also dislocated his right thumb Monday before returning to practice Tuesday.
But his history of knee problems now presents the greatest threat to his roster spot. He missed practice Wednesday, prompting Browns coach Rob Chudzinski to announce the surgery would be taking place.
“His knee’s been nagging him for a little bit,” Chudzinski said. “This is unrelated to the hamstring tendon that he had injured that kept him out earlier in camp.”