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Browns taking no chances with Richardson
Posted Aug. 08 at 07:39 AM
Trent Richardson probably won't play in Cleveland's exhibition opener on Friday after experiencing knee soreness yesterday. At some point today we should find out if it's a big deal or not.
Head coach Pat Shurmur concedes he's always concerned about injuries; Richardson underwent an MRI yesterday. Richardson had a knee surgery in February which wasn't supposed to be an issue anymore; he played through it at Alabama's Pro Day and hasn't been limited in training camp. But the team, and those hoping for a big year out of the rookie, will probably be holding its breath until the MRI results are in.
Best guess is that Cleveland holds Richardson out on Friday no matter what the MRI has to say, giving Montario Hardesty the start. That has some fantasy relevance, as the No. 2 running back spot is wide open in Cleveland, and potentially a significant one if Richardson's knee becomes a problem.
Maybe the whole thing just seems more serious because it's the Browns. There hasn't been a lot of good news around this franchise for some time. In any case, we should find out later today.
Posted by ANDY RICHARDSON | Aug. 08 at 09:25 AM
Update: According to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, the MRI revealed nothing serious; "Not that big a deal." Best guess: Browns hold Richardson out of first exhibition game, he plays in the second one. https://twitter.com/TonyGrossi/statuses/233220883588710400
Posted by ANDY RICHARDSON | Aug. 08 at 12:37 PM
Update #2: Richardson traveling to meet with Dr. James Andrews. Speculation -- and that is all it is -- is another knee scope will be needed. History suggests we might hear reports of him being sidelined for 1-2 or 2-4 weeks if cleanup procedure occurs. Again, nothing definite yet. But, worrying.
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