Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson endured his 2012 rookie season riddled with injuries including a knee injury, two broken ribs and a sprained ankle. But this didn’t deter the banged-up player from amassing 950 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns in less than ideal conditions.
Now as he enters his sophomore season, Richardson is still bringing his injuries with him.
Last week, he missed practice due to a pulled muscle in his shin. His absence was precautionary but one scenario has him out until training camp begins, reported CBS Sports. This week the Browns will hold their mandatory training camp from June 4 to June 6 and whether or not Richardson participates remains to be seen.
With the latest ailment, which came after running, you can’t help but say Richardson is injury prone; he doesn’t believe it’s true and said via The Associated Press of the latest injury, “It ain’t no biggie. It ain’t nothing to worry about. I could be out there, but they want to be cautious about it to make sure I’m healthy and be right for camp.”
He later added, “Injury-prone is not going to be me.”
There is no timetable for his return as it’s up to the team’s coaching staff, who has said it’s “day-by-day.” Richardson has commented that the greatest pain he’s been feeling is the inability to not practice.
But is this just the beginning for another injury-plagued season for Richardson?
It probably wouldn’t hurt the team to handle him with care. His rookie season started with an August knee scope that kept him out of the preseason. In Week 6 came two broken ribs and for the season’s final game, Richardson missed it due to a sprained ankle.
In the interim, Richardson had remained “healthy.”
Should he not go to minicamp, the Browns running back stable will be ready to take more reps in his absence. This includes Montario Hardesty, Brandon Jackson, Dion Lewis, Miguel Maysonet and Chris Ogbonnaya.
Richardson knows change is coming this season under new coach Rob Chudzinski with his power running game and offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Maybe resting the injury is just what the doctor ordered if not for his shin but also for his previous ailments.
His quarterback Brandon Weeden supports Richardson taking time off but added, “We need Trent back, and that’s why him taking some time off now and getting 100 percent is, I think, a good idea. I told him the same thing. I said, ‘We need you in training camp and ready for Week 1.’ He’s going to make this offense better.”
The player does have a plan in place following this week’s minicamp both on the physical and mental front.
Richardson will return to his hometown in his Pensacola, Fla. and work out with his mentor and former high school coach, Derrick Boyd. He’ll also visit his doctor, the infamous orthopedic surgeon to pro athletes, Dr. James Andrews, who performed his knee surgery, just to “make sure everything is good,” reported Ohio.com.
Richardson has also sought out advice about the system Turner brings with him by talking with former league players such as former running backs Dallas Cowboys Emmitt Smith and San Diego Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson as well as former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin.
Even with his injury, Richardson is still learning the team’s new offense in meetings and walk-through sessions.
For now, Richardson’s future still looks bright. Until his next injury.
It could be worse, he be awaiting surgery No. 6 like the Gronk.