Hardesty runs into bad luck at Browns practice

CLEVELAND – Montario Hardesty’s run of bad luck took a strange turn during Monday’s practice.

The Browns running back injured his right hand taking a direct snap. Trainers worked on the hand for several minutes, putting a wrapping on it. He eventually retired to the locker room.

Hardesty had to leap high and fully extend his hand to haul in the bad snap. It ended his first day back for team drills since recovering from a hamstring injury.

Coach Rob Chudzinski would only say that the injury is to Hardesty’s thumb. An update is expected today.

Hardesty, selected in the second round of the 2010 draft, has dealt with a succession of injuries dating back to his college days at Tennessee, where he suffered two knee injuries. He injured a knee early in camp of his rookie season. Seven carries into his first preseason appearance he tore another knee ligament and missed the entire season.

Hardesty played in 10 games in 2011 and 13 last year with five combined starts. Various leg injuries slowed him both seasons.

“He has to keep his head held high,” running back Trent Richardson said. “We’re all praying for him.”

MORE ON THE WAY: Richardson looks like a go for Thursday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions, but Chudzinski still hasn’t made a decision on his availability. Chudzinski is expected to have more details today.

“I have an idea of what we want to get done,” Chudzinski said. “A lot of it is going to depend where all the guys are from a healthy standpoint. We have a lot of guys coming back this week.”

INJURY REPORT: Returning to practice were receiver Jordan Norwood, offensive lineman Oniel Cousins and cornerback Chris Owens. Owens was able to do work in team drills.

DAY OFF: Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was in uniform and participated in individual drills, but he watched team drills with defensive coordinator Ray Horton. It was a chance for Jackson to rest his body.

HEATING UP: Most of the practices to date have been conducted in seasonably cool temperatures. While it wasn’t like a heat wave Monday, the late afternoon sun turned up the heat enough to make the players sweat.

“These three days have given us a chance to get back to basics,” Chudzinski said. “We have a lot of work to do. Just being to focus in on some of the fundamentals has been good for us. Good day as well; it’s been a little warmer than it’s been. Seeing guys being able to push through practice is important.”

SIDELINE OBSERVER: Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant took in the entire practice. It’s been a busy offseason for Grant, who enticed Andrew Bynum to sign a contract.

CAMPING OUT: Quarterback Brandon Weeden connected with Greg Little on a deep pass. Little is having a solid camp. He spends time after each practice catching balls off the JUGs machine Chris Ogbonnaya is taking to the move to fullback. He said he’s willing to do anything to help the team Weeden shows a strong arm on out routes. He has good timing with Davone Bess Today is the final practice open to the public.