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Poll: Should the Browns have played Montario Hardesty Thursday?

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 3, 2010

Browns rookie running back Montario Hardesty is reportedly out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Hardesty, a second-round pick, was hurt Thursday night in the Browns' preseason finale. He made his NFL debut Thursday after missing most of training camp with a bone bruise on his right knee.

Before Thursday's game, Browns coach Eric Mangini and Browns President Mike Holmgren discussed whether or not Hardesty, who tore his right ACL in college, should play during the preseason. They decided he should.

"It's a tough decision," Mangini said. "You want to be able to see a guy, you want to make sure that he's prepared to play in the [regular-season] opener and do things that he needs to do. You're also concerned about the volume of work he's been able to have up to that point. As we talked about it, we decided that this was going to be his last opportunity to get that work, so we thought it was the best idea to do that."

Of course, hindsight is 20-20, but what do you think about the choice the Browns made? Again, Mangini said it was a tough decision.

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