Pulled muscle could keep Trent Richardson out until training camp

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Nagging injuries helped keep Browns running back Trent Richardson from performing at the level expected when the Browns took him with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft.

So there’s a familiar feeling to word that Richardson could miss OTAs and the team’s June minicamp with a muscle pull in his lower leg. The injury isn’t though to be particularly serious, but the team’s concerned enough about the injury that coach Rob Chudzinski said Richardson might not be back on the field until training camp.

“It’s precautionary, we’re holding [Richardson] out,” Chudzinski said, via CBS Cleveland. “We’ve got minicamp in a week and a half, he may miss that. I’m not sure we’ll just play it day by day.”

It’s only May, so a cautious approach doesn’t mean all that much in the long term. Given Richardson’s issues last season, however, there’s going to be some concern about Richardson’s ability to consistently be on the field until he proves that he can consistently be on the field. If there’s an upside to his absence, it is that the Browns will have ample opportunity to see who they like from a group of backups that includes Montario Hardesty, Dion Lewis, Brandon Jackson, Chris Ogbonnaya and Miguel Maysonet.

Tight end Jordan Cameron is also being held out with a groin injury and Chudzinski indicated the timeline for his return is similar to the one they’re operating on for Richardson.

18 responses to “Pulled muscle could keep Trent Richardson out until training camp

  1. I franchised Richardson & Kaepernick in my fantasy league. Not been a good week … could make for a very long season.

  2. Too bad he plays for the browns. He’s a baller.

    Add him to the list of great players on habitually sucky teams such as:
    Adrian Peterson
    Maurice Jones-Drew

  3. ohiogator says:
    May 23, 2013 3:40 PM
    Hopefully he can stay on the field. We need him, this team is gonna surprise this year.
    They got better- there’s no denying that. HOWEVER Baltimore and Cincy, who were already much better than Cleveland, improved as well. They may surprise a few 8-8 teams and handle teams under .500, but don’t expect world beaters. Although it seems like this exact line “this team is gonna surprise this year” it muttered from Browns fans every year…

  4. He better watch out or Lombardloss will trade him because of ‘diminishing skills’!

  5. isn’t this the same guy who missed breaking 1000 yard by 50 yards
    Last season because his coach pulled him from games? And that was after two knee surgeries and broken ribs. this guy played better hurt than most backs do healthy.

  6. I hope he can stay healthy and effective. I’m a Packer fan, but I hate to see teams struggle for long periods of time like the Browns, Lions, Cardinals, etc.

  7. Richardson will be fine this year! I predict he will not miss one game and rush for over 1200 yds. at least. I pulled my groin last night, and may just pull it again tonight.

  8. The Browns have a new front office because instead of taking Tannehill and then grabbing Doug Martin with their second 1st rounder they took Richardson WAY to high. He was not a AP or LT type talent to warrant taking him that high. Plus they even traded up for high.

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