Browns running back Trent Richardson was adamant that the knee and rib injuries that slowed him down last season were not going to get in the way of a full workload once training camp got underway.
Things don’t officially get going in Berea, Ohio for the full squad for a couple of days, but Richardson has already made good on his vow. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Richardson reported to camp with the team’s rookies and injured players last week and that he has been practicing fully since then.
That’s a great development for the Browns, who never got a full speed Richardson in his rookie season because of the nagging injuries he couldn’t shake over the course of the season. He grinded his way through 15 games, but Cleveland wasn’t using a first-round pick on a guy to grind his way through the year. They were looking for something a bit more impactful and a return to health is a necessary part of getting it.
Cabot also reports that head coach Rob Chudzinski said that wide receiver David Nelson will open camp on the PUP list. Nelson is coming off of a torn ACL with the Bills last season and can be removed the list to start practicing with the team at any time. Safety Jamoris Slaughter, a sixth-round pick in April, is able to practice after injuring his Achilles at Notre Dame.