Former New Bern Star Ready For The NFL

Former New Bern High School and University of Tennessee star running back Monterio Hardesty is working his way back from an injury and looking forward to the NFL.

Hardesty's right knee injury was a bone bruise sustained during one-on-one tackling drills on the last day of Browns' rookie camp in late July.

Hardesty answered questions by the media in the Browns Locker room on Tuesday. The following is a transcript courtesy of

(On if there is enough time for him to be ready for the season opener)- “I feel like it is. I am very comfortable with the offense right now. I’ve been making sure I’ve been doing my studying on that end. When I am healthy and ready to go, when I hit the field, I want to hit the field running and just go out there and try to compete and help the team out.”

(On if it’s been frustrating being out)- “I feel like after those first couple days, I knew what I needed to do. I just wanted to be a student of the game and make sure that I am staying up on everything, all the blocking schemes, all the assignments and things like that. It was frustrating at first, but I fought through the frustrating part and just focused on getting back on the field. Now, I am excited again.”

(On his goals for the season)- “I want to get back on the field, work hard and help the team win.”

The Browns open the regular season schedule on September 15th against the Tampa Bay Bucaneers on the road.

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