Yarran, who crossed from Carlton in last year’s trade period, has battled calf issues over the the pre-season, restricting his preparation.
“He’s probably a little bit away, he’s had a couple of calf injuries, he’s been limited in his preparation in regards to that. It’ll take a little bit of time,” Hardwick said on Wednesday.
“There’s a lot of football to be played in 2016, he probably won’t be ready for the start, he’ll certainly be there when the whips are cracking.
“Chris is going to be a long term player for us and we have a long-term view … we look forward to him in the second third of the year.”
“He is as frustrated as we are. To his credit he’s battling on, he’s become part of the Richmond furniture.”