BEREA – Rookie running back Trent Richardson, the No. 3 pick in the draft, didn’t practice this afternoon with what coach Pat Shurmur called a sore knee. He might miss the preseason opener Friday in Detroit.
“We’ll evaluate it and see as we move forward here,” Shurmur said. “I’m always concerned about injuries, but I think at this point we’ll just find out what it is.
“He’s been practicing well, he’s just a little bit sore right now. So we’ll just see where he is.”
Richardson spent the early part of practice on a stationary bike and working with trainers on the far practice field. He later watched team drills from behind the action and had a sleeve on his left leg.
He had arthroscopic knee surgery Feb. 3 to repair a torn meniscus and sporadically wore a sleeve on the leg in minicamps and OTAs.
Montario Hardesty took his spot with the first-team offense.
Other notes and observations:
Shurmur encouraged fans to attend Family Night at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Wednesday. The Browns will practice from 7-8:30 p.m. and sign autographs afterward. New owner Jimmy Haslam is expected to attend and meet the fans.
** Shurmur was asked to respond to quarterback Colt McCoy’s comments Monday that he wasn’t given the chance to compete for the starting job. Shurmur named rookie Brandon Weeden the starter Monday.
“You are talking to a guy who’s a competitor,” Shurmur said. “He’s disappointed he’s not the starter. He has feelings that he expressed to you.
“All the quarterbacks have had the opportunity to show us what they can do.”
** Defensive end Marcus Benard was not at practice after leaving Monday with an undisclosed injury. Shurmur would only say that he’s doing fine.
** Tight end Benjamin Watson, safety Usama Young and defensive end Frostee Rucker didn’t practice again.
** Receiver Carlton Mitchell returned after missing more than a week.