It looks like yesterday’s word that Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson would be having arthroscopic surgery was correct.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Richardson is “definitely” having the surgery on Thursday. Her report confirms that the intent is to remove a loose piece of cartilage in the knee. The surgery will be done by Dr. James Andrews, the same surgeon who performed the surgery to repair Richardson’s torn meniscus in February.
An exact timetable for Richardson’s return isn’t known at this point, but it’s believed he should be healthy enough to play come the start of the regular season. It’s possible that he could see some preseason action, although it would likely be a limited appearance given how little the Browns could afford to lose Richardson for the games that count.
Montario Hardesty will start for the Browns against the Lions on Friday night with Brandon Jackson next in line for carries. If the Browns decide to take it easy with Richardson in the early weeks of the season, one of them will benefit with increased playing time.