The news is in about the rib injury that forced Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson out of Sunday’s win over the Bengals.
It should lead to a sigh of relief from the team. Coach Pat Shurmur gave an update on Richardson’s condition during his Monday press conference and it sounds like serious damage was averted.
“Trent’s fine. He has a right rib cartilage injury and he’s day to day,” Shurmur said, via Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon-Journal.
Richardson had 14 carries for 37 yards against Cincinnati on Sunday before leaving in the third quarter after taking a helmet to the side during a play. Montario Hardesty replaced him and ran for 56 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, which helped the Browns snap their losing streak without one of their leading lights.
If Richardson is able to go next weekend, he’ll have a shot at putting up some good numbers. The Browns face the Colts, who were abused by the Jets run game on Sunday afternoon to the tune of 227 yards that included a huge game for Shonn Greene. Richardson is capable of that kind of performance if he’s healthy and that could move the Browns quickly from losing streak to winning streak.