Browns RB Trent Richardson expected to start running again in two weeks

6/10/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsCleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski quelled rumors of Trent Richardson potentially missing the start of training camp due to a leg injury earlier this week.  Richardson followed that up with indications later in week that his leg injury is not expected to be serious, and the team is merely taking precautionary steps to ensure he doesn’t suffer a setback, leading to a stress fracture, heading into training camp.
In fact, Richardson is on pace to return for the start of training camp, with the current recovery timetable  indicating he is expected to start running drills in the next two weeks. If Richardson is running in two weeks and the Browns keep taking things slow in his recovery to safeguard against setbacks, there’s not much that stands against Richardson hitting the field with the rest of the team when training camp opens on July 25. And contrary to previous reports, there is not much cause for Richardson to miss the start of the 2012 season, since the player said this week there is currently no pain in his leg, and he would be ready to play if there had been a game this Sunday.
Although Richardson seems a bit injury prone thus far into his NFL career, the second-year pro overcame all adversaries last season to play in 15 games as a rookie after being selected by the Browns third overall out of Alabama in the 2012 NFL draft. He turned out to be a key component of the Browns’ efforts to gain yards on the ground as he carried the 267 times for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns, while averaging 3.6 yards per carry last season.
The next likely step for the Browns will be to improve that average, which could be achieved if they can show opposing defenses that the can pass the football. From what can be derived of last season, quarterback Brandon Weeden didn’t have much weight in how things worked out last season, and the box was frequently stacked against Richardson during his rookie season.
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