Trent Richardson (Ribs) Will Be Evaluated Week-to-Week

Trent Richardson (ribs) will be evaluated week-to-week

10/22/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Oct 14, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Cleveland won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIREAfter sustaining a rib-cartilage injury in Week 6, there have been different reports as to why Trent Richardson only received eight carries in Week 7. Head coach Pat Shurmur initially said that Richardson was benched simply for ineffectiveness (he had only eight yards) and that he suffered no setback with his injury.

Later that day, Richardson stated that the injury is more serious than people think, saying, "The injury I have is much bigger than what folks think it is, and I don't want to do anything to hurt the team. I'm not myself out there right now. You look at me, I guess I'm not running hard like I'm used to, so I'm not out there right now." It seems Shurmur is correct in saying that Richardson didn't suffer a setback, but he is definitely not as healthy as the coaching staff had thought he was.

Shurmur has since stated that the Browns will prepare for this week's game - and all games going forward - as if Richardson will be playing. Shurmur said that he would evaluate his young runner on a week-to-week basis, and didn't rule out the idea of giving him a week off to get healthy. "You just watch him practice and see where he's at physically," Shurmur said. "If he's ready to play, he'll play. If we see this is bothering him to the point where he can't perform, we'll make those decisions as we go."

If Richardson has any say in it, he'll be out on the field. He was reportedly begging to reenter Sunday's game after being benched. However, Richardson is well know for his distinct toughness, and while his head may be telling him he's good to go, his body might not be ready. He's almost a lock to be listed as questionable this week.

If Richardson does miss time, Montario Hardesty will get most of the early down work, while Chris Ogbonnaya will be the third-down and change of pace back. We had a small sample size to pull from on Sunday, as the Browns only ran the ball 17 times, a questionable game plan against the Colts' 26th ranked run defense. Outside of Richardson, Hardesty (seven carries) and Ogbonnaya (one carry) were the only backs to run the ball.

From a fantasy football standpoint, Hardesty is a sub par talent and is only worth picking up on the waiver wire if you have a useless player to drop for him, or if you have Richardson and need insurance.

Ogbonnaya is unlikely to get enough looks to offer any value, especially in non-PPR leagues.
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