Browns running back Trent Richardson tried to downplay concerns about the fact a muscle pull could keep him out until training camp, saying even if it did, it wouldn’t be a sign of things to come.
“Injury-prone is not going to be me,” Richardson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It’s just a mindset and I know that’s not me.”
Richardson strained a muscle in his right leg last week, and they’re trying to play it cautiously for now, letting him watch and learn. But after he went through a knee procedure last preseason then suffered broken ribs during the year, he knows what people are thinking.
“I know in my mind, everybody knows it’s not going to be near like last year being hurt and injury-[prone],” he said. “I can’t wait to get back up and running. [Missing time is] terrible, man.”
He said he didn’t need an MRI, and that sitting out is strictly precautionary.
Coach Rob Chudzinski said they’d wait until next week to determine if Richardson will take part in next week’s minicamp.
It’s great that Richardson’s confident, but he can’t possibly know that this is the end of his injury issues. Some of the hardest-working, most talented players can simply be unlucky, and unless Jim Brown brought a crystal ball with him, the Browns can’t know either.