Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson “day to day” with rib cage injury

10/15/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Cleveland Browns took a huge sigh of relief on Monday after it was confirmed that rookie running back Trent Richardson is only suffering from a rib cage injury.
Trent Richardson sustained the injury in the first half of Cleveland Browns’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, after he was hit by a helmet on the right side. The Cleveland Browns had anticipated Trent Richardson’s return later in the third quarter, on hopes that he sustained a minor injury. But there were some serious concerns after he couldn’t return against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The team announced that further update on Trent Richardson’s status will be available after an MRI Monday, which confirmed the rib cage injury without any serious damage.
“Trent’s fine. He has a right rib cartilage injury and he’s day to day,” Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur stated following the MRI scan.
Trent Richardson had 37 yards on 14 carries and two catches for 17 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cleveland Brown had been counting on Trent Richardson, who accumulated 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns in their previous faceoff when playing the Cincinnati Bengals at their home last month.
Instead, backup Montario Hardesty filled in at the spot for Trent Richardson after his injury. Montario Hardesty contributed 15 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown (his career’s first) to break the Cleveland Browns’ 11-game losing streak on a 34-24 win against the Cincinnati Bengals (3-3) Sunday.
Mario Hardesty barely logged significant play minutes in the Cleveland Browns’ first five games this season and was slowed down by injuries during the past few years. However on Sunday, he found the right gaps and had a keen sense of movement, finding space where there didn’t seem to be any room to run.
“A lot of people think Montario is one of those guys that is not going to try to run you over or not going to be in there for the thick and thin,” stated Trent Richardson, who had been cheering on for his teammate throughout the game. “But Montario is one of those guys who is going to give everything he can on each and every play."
The Cleveland Browns (1-5) don’t practice until Wednesday and the team will likely limit Trent Richardson during workouts this week.
Next game in the Cleveland Browns’ Week 7 schedule is against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Although Trent Richardson claimed after playing against the Cincinnati Bengals that he will be ready to play against the Indianapolis Colts, in is unlikely that the Cleveland Browns will play a gamble on their questionably top offensive players’ health.
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