Browns RB Trent Richardson to play in Thursday’s preseason game
Richardson had been held out of last week’s preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams, since the Browns did not want to take any risks with his recovery from shin injury. He had also been limited through all of training camp with the shin injury and muscle strain.
However, following Tuesday’s practice, Richardson received the pleasantly surprising news through the media reporters that Chudzinski’s finally given him the green light to step on the field in Thursday night’s exhibition game.
"Oh, he told you I'm playing?" Richardson asked the reports after Tuesday’s practice. "Hey, I'm surprised like y'all and I'm happy and I can't wait to get up out there."
Richardson’s durability has been a concern to the Browns since he had to sit out the entire preseason as a rookie while recovering from knee surgery. He also had to deal with other injuries – including broken ribs – as a rookie, but played through all health issues until rolling his ankle against the Denver Broncos and missing the finale last season. Despite all injuries, Richardson played in 15 games for the Browns compiling 267 carries for 950 yards, and 51 catches for 367 yards last season.
But this year, Richardson’s projected to get some preseason action, with the plus side of starting Thursday’s game.
"I kind of had a feeling he was going to say, 'Yeah' today because he had me going in there with starters today," Richardson added. "It felt good when I was out there and I'm happy coach told y'all I can play."
While Richardson practiced extensively with the starters on Tuesday, Chudzinski also indicated that he will only play “a couple of series” since the team doesn’t want to rush him back to action and risk a setback. The other starters are expected to take over in the second quarter of Thursday’s game. But Chudzinski appreciates Richardson's desire to never miss a down while he still believes himself to be in shape to play.
"You want guys to want to play,” Chudzinski said. “Trent wants to play. At the same time, he trusts us enough that we will make the right decisions of putting him in a position that he will be ready to play opening day."
While Richardson is eager to play in the preseason, more importantly he his sights set on the regular season opener in September against the Miami Dolphins.
"I really can't wait until September,'' Richardson said. “That's the big story for me. I'm really taking one day at a time, but when it comes September I'll be ready.''