A month ago, Browns running back Trent Richardson was denying a report that a leg injury would keep him out of the start of training camp. From all indications, Richardson is still on pace to achieve his optimistic goal of being ready to go when the Browns report.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Richardson began his running program as scheduled back home in Pensacola, Florida, and he’s still on track to be there when the Browns’ veterans report for camp on July 24.
Still, the Browns may decide to err on the side of caution with Richardson, who has great talent but also has had problems with nagging injuries, both in college and in his rookie year with the Browns last season. Even if Richardson is on track to be ready on the first day of camp, that doesn’t mean the Browns will give him a full workload immediately.
As a rookie, Richardson carried 267 times for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns and added 51 catches for 367 yards. The Browns may decide to give second-string running back Montario Hardesty and third-string running back Dion Lewis the ball more often this year, in the hopes that Richardson can stay healthy all season.