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Browns running backs Jerome Harrison, Montario Hardesty expected to start training camp on time

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 8, 2010

The battle to become the Browns' featured running back is not expected to be delayed.

Mitch Frankel, the agent of the Browns' top two candidates for the job -- veteran Jerome Harrison and rookie Montario Hardesty -- told the Beacon Journal via e-mail Thursday that he expects Harrison and Hardesty to be at the team's headquarters in Berea for the first day of training camp on July 31.

Earlier this summer, Harrison, pictured above, participated in the Browns' mandatory minicamp and some of their organized team activities despite a contract dispute. Harrison was a restricted free agent, but he signed his one-year tender offer worth $1.759 million a day before the June 15 deadline.

Frankel confirmed Harrison doesn't have any plans to holdout during training camp.

As for Hardesty, he and five other 2010 draft selections have yet to sign with the Browns. Frankel, however, said the negotiations for Hardesty's deal will begin soon, and he expects his client to sign before the start of training camp.

So far, the only Browns' 2010 draft picks who have agreed to deals are receiver Carlton Mitchell and defensive lineman Clifton Geathers. Both were selected in the sixth round.

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