BEREA (AP) -- For the second straight day, the Browns ended the season for one of their running backs.
Montario Hardesty was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury, the latest medical setback for the former third-round pick whose promising NFL career has been sabotaged by injuries.
The move with Hardesty came one day after the Browns put running back Dion Lewis on season-ending injured reserve with a surgically repaired left leg. The loss of Hardesty and Lewis hurts Cleveland's depth and may force the Browns to sign a player before the Sept. 8 season opener.
Lewis was supposed to be the change-of-pace back behind starter Trent Richardson. Lewis had passed Hardesty on the depth chart during training camp, and now Cleveland will be without both players in 2013.
Also, the Browns released fullback Owen Marecic, a fourth-round pick in 2011, as they trimmed their roster to 75 by the league's 4 p.m. deadline. Teams must have their active rosters to 53 players by 6 p.m. on Saturday.
In addition, the Browns were awarded linebacker Paul Hazel from Jacksonville and punter Colton Schmidt from San Francisco.
The Browns also waived linebacker Kendrick Adams, offensive lineman Dominic Alford, wide receiver Dominique Croom, defensive lineman Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, offensive lineman Ryan Miller and tight end Travis Tannahill.
Miller sustained a concussion during the first week of training camp. Miller was knocked out during a blocking drill, and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. He entered the league's concussion protocol program before being cut.
Rookie offensive lineman Chris Faulk was also placed on the reserve/non-football injury list. He is also done for the year.
Hardesty was slowed by a hamstring injury during training camp and returned to practice a few weeks ago only to dislocate his right thumb while trying to catch a direct snap from center.
He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Aug. 15. Hardesty missed his rookie season in 2010 after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the final exhibition game.
He sat out part of 2011 with a calf injury, but was healthy last season and rushed for 271 yards and a touchdown in 12 games. Hardesty showed good explosiveness on several runs and the Browns were encouraged that he was able to stay healthy.
Now, his career could be in jeopardy since he's going to miss another full season. If he does return, it could be with another team since he's in the final year of his contract with Cleveland.
Marecic made six starts over two seasons for the Browns, who selected the former Stanford standout after acquiring the No. 124 overall pick in the draft-day trade with Atlanta. The Falcons sent the Browns five picks to move up and select wide receiver Julio Jones.
Marecic lost his job as Cleveland's primary fullback this summer to Chris Ogbonnaya, who converted from tailback.
MINGO IMPROVING FROM INJURY
BEREA -- Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo did some running Tuesday, a few steps forward in his recovery from a bruised lung.
Mingo believes he sustained the unusual injury in an exhibition game on Aug. 15 against Detroit. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Mingo, who has been doing his conditioning by riding a stationary bike, was going to "run a little bit." Mingo did not do any running during the portion of practice open to the media.
A team spokesman confirmed that the first-round draft did some running, but did not provide any specifics.
Mingo will not play in Thursday's exhibition finale against Chicago and it's not yet known if the No. 6 overall pick will play in the Sept. 8 season opener against Miami. Chudzinski reiterated that it's still to be determined when Mingo will return.
BENGALS MAKE MOVES
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals placed fullback Chris Pressley and quarterback Zac Robinson on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday, part of getting down to the 75-man roster limit.
Pressley has a knee injury and Robinson a sore passing elbow that sidelined them for training camp. They could be activated after the sixth week of the season if they're medically cleared.
The Bengals also put rookie linebacker Sean Porter on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season.
Second-year guard Otis Hudson and rookie offensive tackle Jason Weaver were waived. Injured linebacker Brandon Joiner was placed on waivers. If he clears waivers, he goes on the Bengals' injured reserve list on Wednesday.
The Bengals host the Indianapolis Colts in their final preseason game Thursday night.
RG3 COULD GET ALL-CLEAR
ASHBURN, Va. -- Robert Griffin III could get the all-clear to play in the regular season when he meets with his surgeon Thursday night.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday that Griffin will meet with Dr. James Andrews while the Redskins are in Florida for their final preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Said Shanahan: "I know Dr. Andrews will sit down and evaluate Robert and probably just give us his recommendation."
Andrews cleared Griffin for practice before the start of training camp but has yet to clear the quarterback to play in games. Griffin has sat out the preseason, but he's looked good in practice and told ESPN 980 on Tuesday that he's "not below 100 percent."
Griffin had reconstructive surgery on his right knee in January.
STEWART TO MISS SIX WEEKS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will miss at least the first six weeks of the season while he recovers from an ankle injury.
Coach Ron Rivera said after practice Tuesday that Stewart was placed on the physically unable to perform list.
The team also put guard Edmund Kugbila, its fourth-round draft pick, on injured reserve with a knee injury and waived injured defensive tackle Frank Kearse and wide receiver Joe Adams, Carolina's fourth-round pick in 2012. Adams and Kearse will go back on injured reserve if they clear waivers.
NFL rules stipulate Stewart can't practice or play for six weeks.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has practiced for the first time since last September, but is unsure if he will be ready for the season opener.
Holmes, recovering from a serious foot injury, says Tuesday that he is not yet 100 percent but is "making good progress." He was moved to the Jets' active roster from the physically unable to perform list last Friday night, a sign that he could possibly be ready to go when the season starts on Sept. 8.
PACKERS LOSE HARRIS
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Packers starting running back DuJuan Harris is out for the year after injuring his right knee last week against the Seahawks.
Harris said Tuesday he hurt the patella tendon and hoped to have surgery soon as he heads to injured reserve status. He hurt the same knee during the offseason.
"It is what it is, you know? It's something I've got to go through and must be done," said Harris, who appeared to be in good spirits at his locker given the prognosis.