CLEVELAND — Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson will have his sore left knee examined by Dr. James Andrews on Thursday.
“Trent Richardson is traveling to Pensacola, Fla., where he will have his left knee further evaluated by Dr. James Andrews tomorrow,” coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Richardson is tentatively scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove a “hang nail particle” of loose cartilage irritating the knee.
Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick, didn’t practice Tuesday and will miss the preseason opener Friday in Detroit. If he has surgery Thursday, he would have a month to recovery and prepare before the regular-season opener Sept. 9 against Philadelphia.
Richardson had arthroscopic surgery on the left knee Feb. 3 to repair a torn meniscus. Andrews performed the surgery.
Richardson didn’t work out at the scouting combine but turned in a strong performance at his pro day in March.
Montario Hardesty is expected to replace Richardson in the starting lineup Friday. He has had a strong start to camp and said he feels as healthy as he ever has.
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