Browns say Richardson’s surgery was successful and routine


Earlier on Thursday, there was a report that Browns running back Trent Richardson would have surgery on his left knee on Thursday.

The surgery, needed to clean up loose cartilage in Richardson’s knee a little more than six months after an operation to repair a torn meniscus, went off as scheduled. As with almost every surgery performed on an athlete, initial reports have deemed the operation a success.

“Trent Richardson underwent a successful routine arthroscopic procedure today on his left knee,” coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement released by the team. “It was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. We anticipate that Trent will make a speedy recovery, and we are hopeful that he will be ready for our Week One game against Philadelphia.”

Losing Richardson for the preseason is definitely a big blow to the installation of the new Browns offense. They hope to have Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide receiver Josh Gordon and tackle Mitchell Schwartz as the foundation of their offense moving forward and this preseason was a good way to start that process.

It doesn’t end the process, especially if Richardson is able to make good on the Week One return date, but it will force the Browns to take things a bit slower than they might like as we head toward the regular season.

32 responses to “Browns say Richardson’s surgery was successful and routine

  1. Sure. It’s completely normal to have knee surgery in February for your high 1st round pick….AND then have surgery AGAIN 4 weeks before the start of the season. Totally normal and routine……………in Bizarro World.

  2. No big deal Browns fans, just a simple KNEE surgery on a RUNNING BACK with a history of problems. I love Browns fans, it’s not fair that they have to deal with this kind of news. I hope one day the Browns learn how to draft the right guys.

  3. If you’ve ever listened to him speak, you know this young man is full of heart, and his running style during his years at ‘Bama reflected that. I wish him health in the NFL, but in reality, with the way he runs, I’m afraid we’re looking at a 2-3 year run here. Given Clevelands remarks about how they plan to use Richardson, even that may be a stretch.

  4. You can say routine all you want, but surgery is never routine… Even in sports it means there was/is a problem and you had to correct it. Two of those in such a short period doesn’t exactly say “everything is just fine.”

  5. ALL surgeries are successful. I wonder why they ever bother to give a report after they have the surgery. Have you ever heard that the surgery was totally BOTCHED??? NOT

    BUT…don’t forget this is a Cleveland Brown surgery…anybody remember the multitude of STAPH infections that live around Berea Ohio????

  6. This just doesn’t look good at all, I’m afraid TR is gonna be injury prone, just a hunch

  7. Some people would like to think that his knee was sliced open with a six inch incision twice in six months. It was arthroscopic, man!! A cut so small you can hardly see it. Go get ’em Trent and show them what your made of! Go Browns.

  8. This guy is a freaking horse.. That said, He’s still going to be a lot more susceptible to injury with no training camp or pre-season to get in to football shape for the regular season.. Not to mention he’s never played against an NFL defense which is a lot stronger and faster than the SEC defenses he’s used to playing.. The cherry on top? The Browns are in the AFC North which I think is well documented as the toughest defensive division the league..

  9. I’m no Browns fan but can tell you a “Brown” is as in Paul Brown, who we are quite proud of a little to the south.

  10. I must say, if I was going to trade 2 picks to move up and take a running back at number 3, I would feel a lot better if he had not just had his knee scoped 2 months ealier.
    And now, in camp, the guy has to have “another,” scope. That does not make me feel real secure about the pick.
    Healthy. The guy is a specimen. But, this is indeed the NFL and he’s never faced the toughness of the NFL yet. And, defenses will key on his knee.
    Being a Browns fan, with our bad luck, it’s just real hard to find the optimism in, “we fully expect him to be ready for game one.”

  11. ROUTINE….is THAT what The Browns call knee surgery for a top draft pick PRIOR to his first NFL carry through eight in the box? Interesting, VERY interesting.

  12. cmoke….You prove my point as a Cleveland fan!
    I’m trying to get Clevelanders to realize that Paul Brown took his orange and went to Cincy. He would have taken the brown too, if permitted to. He built his stadium there and his name is on it. He went to his grave hating Cleveland! I spoke to the man after his book came out. He told me point blank he washed his hands of Cleveland! Didn’t even wish to discuss “anything” about Cleveland!
    He went to his grave hoping to thrash Cleveland twice every year!
    He and Cleveland divorced. period. I don’t like his name still on our team and our house! Things change in life.
    Clevelanders need to wake up and realize the facts! Quit living off the past and a guy who died hating us!
    That’s why I’d embrace a whole new culture in Cleveland including a name change! It’s time to seize that opportunity as we get new owners. I’d like to see The Cleveland Bulldawgs. That would be a take on the Dogs, Cleveland history that even predates Paul Brown!
    Oh….by-the-way…..cmoke……you can go drown yourself in the Ohio River!

  13. browns shouldve traded that pick and stock piled picks and got a rb later, like martin with the bucs or that kid that went to the giants

  14. Everybody freaks about him being ready for week 1 and that its too quick to take the pounding.
    All “ready for week 1” means is that they expect him to be ready to play. That does not mean they expect him to be ready for 25 touches. He might, he might not. They are not going ot treat him like he was in camp fully participating.
    I expect we will see 12 or so carries for the first 2 weeks and Hardesty and friends get the rest. Then if all goes well….

    Plenty of backs have scope procedures and we never see evidence of it the field. Other than 1 or 2 games with limited carries.

  15. It’s routine to have your #3 pick RB need surgery before he even steps on the field?

  16. Routine surgery.
    I work daily with people recovering from this type of ‘routine procedure’. The only thing that is routine is that these folks usually always need another and another, etc.
    This doesn’t sound too promising for running back who has now had 2 surgeries in the 6-7 months leading up to his rookie year.
    Each day, this season is turning in to everyother season since the early 90’s….Hope crushed by reality.

  17. dude has his knee scope…..nothing major….not sure why ever one is freaking out. this is not that big of a deal. im a physical therapist and this guy will rehab his knee briefly and be back on the field grouding and pounding. go browns

  18. everyone says the shelf life of an NFL running back is 5-7 years at best.. whats one way to incress his chances of getting 7 years out of him. Limit his touches.. I, for one, wouldn’t mind if he never plays a preseason game.

  19. It’s never a good thing when any player has his knees worked on but, better now than during the regular season.

    Wish the kid a long and prosperous career.

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