Browns RB Trent Richardson begins running program, on track for camp
At this point, Richardson seem at the very least on scheduled to return from the leg injury, after it was reported the second-year pro has resumed running program back at his home in Pensacola, Fla. However, that does not mean that the Browns will give Richardson the full workload heading into training camp.
The Browns cannot help but err on the side of caution with regard to Richardson, who possess great talent but has a history of nagging injuries in college and the NFL last season. It was revealed late last season that Richardson had been playing with a broken rib since Week 6, and he is currently trying to recover from a pulled shin muscle.
While the Browns could use Richardson as quickly as possible back on with the team, it still won’t be an entirely bad idea for the Browns to sit out Trent Richardson during the early part of training camp. In that scenario, running back Montario Hardesty, who appears to be the first on the depth chart immediately behind Richardson, could pick up the excess of the workload. Browns running backs Dion Lewis, Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya also had productive season last year and could be in the mix for increased playing time. The Browns have a deep stable of running backs should Richardson again suffer a setback ahead of or when the veterans report for training camp on July 24.
Richrdson had a highly productive rookie year, starting all 15 games to run for 950 yards on 267 carries and throw for 367 yards as well as 51 receptions. The 21-year-old Richardson’s 12 total touchdowns tied for the sixth most in the league last season.