ESPNCleveland.com’s Will Burge reported that the team feared the initial leg injury could develop into a stress fracture.
He has since updated that report, saying that a source close to Richardson invoked the name of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware (of the grotesque broken leg during the NCAA tournament) as the worst-case scenario.
The source said the team was being “ultra-cautious,” with the injury, leading them to hold him out of the mandatory minicamp. Several outlets have mentioned that he was on a stationary bike today.
Burge’s report also mentioned that Richardson has been having migraines, and the medication coupled with his lack of full work in the weight room has caused him to lose weight in the last two weeks.
None of that does anything to buffer Richardson’s claim that he’s not going to be injury prone this year.
UPDATE 1:06 p.m. ET: Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he expects Richardson to be ready for the first day of training camp, which happens to be July 28. Richardson, however, did not talk to reporters Tuesday to address the report.