Trent Richardson says shin is 100 percent, but doesn’t know if he’ll play this week

AP

Browns running back Trent Richardson says that he’s fully recovered from the shin issue that kept him out of practice for a couple of days and led the team to keep him on the bench for their preseason opener.

Richardson also said that he’d like to play against the Lions this week, but there’s no sign that the Browns have made a decision about the best way to proceed with their top rusher. Keeping Richardson healthy for the regular season is obviously the overriding goal and the running back laid out both sides of the coin while saying that whatever coach Rob Chudzinski decides will be fine with him.

“I think you could benefit either way: not being out there and not getting hurt for the regular season and being out there and being ready for the regular season,” Richardson said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “It goes both ways. Coach is going to make the best decision. Whatever it is, at the end of the day, we’re trying to win as one and just trying to stick to team goals and get to where we’re in the best condition for playing the next opponent and putting ourselves in the [best position] to be able to play the next opponent.”

Richardson was more involved in full team work at Sunday’s practice, which would suggest that the team is preparing him to play at some point in the preseason. Running backs coach John Settle said that he doesn’t think Richardson needs to play in any exhibitions to be ready for the start of the season, especially if it means that the Browns will have a healthy Richardson come the opener against the Dolphins.