The week started with questions about how long Browns running back Trent Richardson might be out because of his rib injury, but it is ending with confidence that he’ll be able to be on the field against the Chargers.
Richardson practiced for the third straight day on Friday, putting him on track to be in the starting lineup against San Diego. While coach Pat Shurmur did leave the door open to Richardson sitting out a few games, he also said that Richardson would play if he was healthy. He’s been healthy enough to get through the practice sessions and there’s not really much way to find out if he can take the pounding of a game until he actually plays in a game.
Richardson is officially listed as questionable, which makes him something of an anomaly for the Browns. Cleveland listed 16 players as probable on their final injury report of the week, which means that over 41 percent of the roster is listed on the injury report heading into Sunday’s game.
Of that group, three — cornerback Dimitri Patterson, linebacker Scott Fujita and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin — have been ruled out. Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and defensive back Tashaun Gipson join Richardson as questionable.