Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns placed running back Montario Hardesty on injured reserve Tuesday as the team cut the roster to 75.
Hardesty underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 15 – the same day that fellow back Dion Lewis broke his left fibula in a 24-6 win over the Detroit Lions. Lewis, who also underwent surgery, was placed on IR by the team Monday.
This marks the second season that Hardesty, who is in the final year of his rookie contract and will be a free agent in the offseason, will spend on IR since the Browns drafted him in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft.
The Browns also waived fullback Owen Marecic, linebacker Kendrick Adams, offensive lineman Dominic Alford, receiver Dominique Croom, defensive lineman Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, offensive lineman Ryan Miller and tight end Travis Tannahill.
Marecic was selected in the 4th round of the 2011 draft. The pick was acquired from Atlanta in the Julio Jones draft day deal.
Chudzinski said Tuesday that cutting players is not an easy thing to do.
“It’s difficult,” Chudzinski said. “I recognize that a lot of these guys, this is their dream to play. I take that seriously, sitting down with them and talking through things. The crazy thing about this business is that you just never know. For some of them, it is the last time they play. For some of them, they will play somewhere else. For some of them, we may pick them up later on down the road. You just never know.
“I appreciate everything that they have done.”
Offensive lineman Chris Faulk was also placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.
In addition to trimming their own roster, the Browns were awarded outside linebacker Paul Hazel from Jacksonville and punter Colton Schmidt from San Francisco.
On Monday, the Browns waived defensive back Vernon Kearney, defensive lineman Dave Kruger, wide receiver Cordell Roberson and linebacker Tommy Smith. The team also terminated the contract of receiver Jordan Norwood.
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