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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Montario Hardesty
Browns coach Pat Shurmur defended his use of Peyton Hillis, saying the bruising back did not get less playing time on Sunday against Tennessee because of his unresolved contract issue or punishment for missing Cleveland's game last week with strep throat.
Cleveland Browns rookie running back Montario Hardesty left his exhibition debut because of an injured left knee.
"I'm excited, but I would be anyway," Hardesty said. "It will just be good to go out and face another team and show what we, collectively, have done to improve."
"It's a chance for the whole team to go out and show what they can do," said Hardesty, a second-round choice in 2010 who was injured in preseason that year and missed his entire rookie year.