Browns running back Trent Richardson’s rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery is progressing well enough that team president Mike Holmgren said Wednesday that he should be back on the field next week.
Richardson was scheduled to run in a pool on Wednesday, Holmgren said during an interview with Sport Time Ohio passed along by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. If that goes well, Richardson will graduate to running outside and he “should be back on the field doing something next week” assuming his knee cooperates with the increased workload.
All of which leads to the question of whether or not he’ll be able to play in Week One. Holmgren said that there’s a chance Richardson will be able to join fellow rookie Brandon Weeden in the lineup, but that the team is going to be smart about moving things forward. Richardson’s had two knee surgeries this year, which makes getting him back for Week One less important than making sure he doesn’t wind up with the hat trick.
After all, the Browns drafted Richardson, Weeden and wide receiver Josh Gordon with the idea that they’d be the foundation of the offense for a lot more than just this year. The sale of the team to Jimmy Haslam has shaken up the future significantly, but not enough that losing Richardson to a serious knee injury is going to help anyone’s chances of sticking around.