The return of Browns running back Montario Hardesty didn't last very long.
Hardesty injured his right thumb in early in practice on Monday, another setback for the fourth-year back whose roster spot is in jeopardy.
Just a few plays into his first practice since July 31, Hardesty, who has been slowed by a hamstring injury, jumped to catch a direct snap from center during 11 on 11 drills. As he reached for the ball, Hardesty's hand bent back awkwardly. He grabbed his thumb and was quickly treated by trainers.
Hardesty's thumb was wrapped in a large bandage and he spent a few minutes watching practice before he was escorted to the locker room for treatment and presumably X-rays.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski did not have a preliminary diagnosis on Hardesty, who did not play in last Thursday's exhibition opener against St. Louis and is fighting to make Cleveland's team.
''It's a tough deal,'' Chudzinski said. ''We'll see how the status is and how soon he'll be back.''