Browns stand by Montario Hardesty

CLEVELAND -- Browns general manager Tom Heckert said he understood the risks in drafting rookie running back Montario Hardesty, who is out for the season with a knee injury after joining the NFL with a history of knee problems.

Hardesty tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in Cleveland's final exhibition game, his first action of the preseason after being sidelined with a bone bruise in his other knee. Hardesty tore his right ACL in 2005 in his freshman season at Tennessee.

Heckert said the club was confident in its pre-draft medical evaluations of Hardesty. He said doctors believe Hardesty will make a full recovery after he has surgery.

The Browns traded three picks to move into the second round to select Hardesty.