On Monday, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said he’d consider sitting running back Trent Richardson until after the Week 10 bye if his rib injury wasn’t sufficiently healed.
Well, Richardson must be feeling much better today.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Richardson will practice today, and Shurmur said if he’s deemed healthy he’ll play Sunday against the Chargers.
“I think what’s important is, if he’s healthy to play, he plays,” Shurmur said. “If they tell me he’s at no risk to hurt it further, then we’re playing ball.”
“As I watch him in practice, if we feel like that’s something we can and should do (rest him) then we’ll do it. Otherwise we’re getting ready to play.”
Shurmur didn’t think he’d have been better off benching Richardson from the start last week. The rookie finished with eight yards on eight carries in a half.
“No, we wanted him to compete and he competed in there for about a half,” Shurmur said. “Had he re-injured himself or set himself back, I’d have second thoughts, but that wasn’t the case.”
The Browns have to be smart with this one. For the most part, players are always going to say they’re able to play. Which means taking it out of the hands of Richardson — and Shurmur, who is coaching for his continued employment — and leaving it with the doctors is the smartest way to go.