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Pulled muscle could keep Trent Richardson out until training camp

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Nagging injuries helped keep Browns running back Trent Richardson from performing at the level expected when the Browns took him with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft.

So there’s a familiar feeling to word that Richardson could miss OTAs and the team’s June minicamp with a muscle pull in his lower leg. The injury isn’t though to be particularly serious, but the team’s concerned enough about the injury that coach Rob Chudzinski said Richardson might not be back on the field until training camp.

“It’s precautionary, we’re holding [Richardson] out,” Chudzinski said, via CBS Cleveland. “We’ve got minicamp in a week and a half, he may miss that. I’m not sure we’ll just play it day by day.”

It’s only May, so a cautious approach doesn’t mean all that much in the long term. Given Richardson’s issues last season, however, there’s going to be some concern about Richardson’s ability to consistently be on the field until he proves that he can consistently be on the field. If there’s an upside to his absence, it is that the Browns will have ample opportunity to see who they like from a group of backups that includes Montario Hardesty, Dion Lewis, Brandon Jackson, Chris Ogbonnaya and Miguel Maysonet.

Tight end Jordan Cameron is also being held out with a groin injury and Chudzinski indicated the timeline for his return is similar to the one they’re operating on for Richardson.

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18 Responses to “Pulled muscle could keep Trent Richardson out until training camp”
  1. 23chameleons says: May 23, 2013 3:13 PM

    I franchised Richardson & Kaepernick in my fantasy league. Not been a good week … could make for a very long season.

  2. ilovefoolsball says: May 23, 2013 3:15 PM

    Too bad he plays for the browns. He’s a baller.

    Add him to the list of great players on habitually sucky teams such as:
    Adrian Peterson
    Maurice Jones-Drew

  3. mrpresident2 says: May 23, 2013 3:20 PM

    Miguel Maysonet’s time to shine

  4. mrstinkypants says: May 23, 2013 3:38 PM

    Not sure how they narrowed this down to one muscle. This guy’s leg muscles have muscles- his squat records are off the charts at Bama.

  5. ohiogator says: May 23, 2013 3:40 PM

    Hopefully he can stay on the field. We need him, this team is gonna surprise this year.

  6. ngatasteelersfan says: May 23, 2013 3:51 PM

    Ryan Matthews all over again.

  7. kwjsb says: May 23, 2013 3:58 PM

    I hope this doesn’t become a Courtney Brown/Lawyer Tillman thing, As dominant on the field as on the IR

  8. rockthered1286 says: May 23, 2013 4:15 PM

    ohiogator says:
    May 23, 2013 3:40 PM
    Hopefully he can stay on the field. We need him, this team is gonna surprise this year.
    They got better- there’s no denying that. HOWEVER Baltimore and Cincy, who were already much better than Cleveland, improved as well. They may surprise a few 8-8 teams and handle teams under .500, but don’t expect world beaters. Although it seems like this exact line “this team is gonna surprise this year” it muttered from Browns fans every year…

  9. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 23, 2013 4:16 PM

    Actually, they took him with the third overall pick. Rick Spielman fleeced the Browns in a trade to move up one spot.

  10. brownsclown says: May 23, 2013 4:28 PM

    He better watch out or Lombardloss will trade him because of ‘diminishing skills’!

  11. mrfrostyj says: May 23, 2013 4:34 PM

    isn’t this the same guy who missed breaking 1000 yard by 50 yards
    Last season because his coach pulled him from games? And that was after two knee surgeries and broken ribs. this guy played better hurt than most backs do healthy.

  12. dirtybird28 says: May 23, 2013 6:17 PM

    Could have sworn he was a third overall pick…

  13. themagicfanguy says: May 23, 2013 10:31 PM

    I hope he can stay healthy and effective. I’m a Packer fan, but I hate to see teams struggle for long periods of time like the Browns, Lions, Cardinals, etc.

  14. thesportsguy52 says: May 23, 2013 10:53 PM

    Did I read that right? Any hangnail issues in addition?

  15. istateyourname says: May 23, 2013 11:17 PM

    This chump gets hurt just getting out of bed.

  16. bensstinkyfingers says: May 24, 2013 7:51 AM

    Richardson will be fine this year! I predict he will not miss one game and rush for over 1200 yds. at least. I pulled my groin last night, and may just pull it again tonight.

  17. ijahru says: May 24, 2013 8:33 AM

    The Browns have a new front office because instead of taking Tannehill and then grabbing Doug Martin with their second 1st rounder they took Richardson WAY to high. He was not a AP or LT type talent to warrant taking him that high. Plus they even traded up for high.

  18. ijahru says: May 24, 2013 8:34 AM

    I’m glad PFT knows what they are talking about. The Browns traded up to 3 with the Vikings to take him.

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