Shurmur says Hardesty was not demoted

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012

There was some speculation that Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty was demoted after not taking part in practice yesterday. He’s fumbled in both of the last two games and some thought head coach Pat Shurmur was sending him a message by not letting him practice. Well Shurmur put all of that to rest today.

“No, not at all,” said Shurmur. “He’s just sore from the game. He’s fine. I want us to play better and I don’t want to turn the ball over, but he’s fine.”

He also said keeping Hardesty out of team drills was not to send a message about fumbling. Hardesty has lost the ball in each of the past two games. Brandon Jackson worked with the first team in place of Hardesty, and might start Thursday night against the Bears.

“Each person that develops soreness, you handle differently depending on who they are,” said Shurmur. “We have protocol for that.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

I guess this is good news for Hardesty as a demotion would have been a horrible thing for him since he’s not even going to be the full time starter. He’s just filling in right now till Trent Richardson is ready to take his role as the top back.

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