Hadnot Blows Out Knee?

The Browns had gone through the early portion of training camp unscathed -- until now. UPDATE: Steve King reveals some of the details surrounding the Hadnot injury...

Thus far, Training Camp 2009 has been a relatively healthy one for the Cleveland Browns.

Until now.

According to The OBR's Steve King, who was in attendance at practice today, offensive lineman Rex Hadnot "blew out" his knee during practice today.

We have no additional details at this time, but King is currently in the process of gathering information on the injury, and we will get it to the site as quickly as humanly possible.

UPDATE: Here's King's report on some of the details surrounding the Hadnot injury:

The Browns offensive line took a real hit about midway through Thursday's practice when offensive guard Rex Hadnot was carted off the field with what could be a serious left knee injury.

It was not clear what, exactly, happened, but it may have been that rookie linebacker David Veikune rolled over top of Hadnot's leg. After the play, Hadnot laid on the ground, writing in pain. The entire team gathered around him and stayed as he was helped onto the cart. You could have heard a pin drop as everything quieted on the field and in the stands.

As the cart took him through the big door to the inside practice field, the sixth-year pro had his head in his right hand and appeared to be in severe pain.

Browns head coach Eric Mangini does not provide injury information, so it's anyone's guess as to Hadnot's condition or how long he might be out. But his absence will impact the Browns greatly. He started all 15 games at right guard last year, his first with the Browns after sighing as an unrestricted free agent from the Miami Dolphins, with whom he spent all four of his previous NFL seasons. Hadnot was working at both guard spots in training camp this year, but mostly on the right side.

With Hadnot out, Ryan Tucker and Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack will be left to battle it out for the starting right guard spot. A beefed-up Eric Steinbach, now around 300 pounds, seems to be the leading candidate at left guard.

Tucker has also worked at right tackle and could play there more now along with John St. Clair.

The injury could also help Hank Fraley's chances of sticking with the team. Fraley is in a tough battle with first-round draft pick Alex Mack for the starting center spot, but Fraley also has extensive experience at guard from his days with the Philadelphia Eagles.

In any event, though, as the Browns try to rebuild overall, particularly on offense, Hadnot's injury is the last thing they wanted or needed. At a squatty 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds, he has exactly the kind of build Mangini wants in his guards for the power running game he is trying to develop.

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