August 28, 2014

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Browns RB Trent Richardson downplays leg injury, says he’s not injury-prone

BEREA – Browns running back Trent Richardson remains sidelined by a strained muscle in his right shin, but downplayed his latest injury.
“Ain’t no biggie,” he said Thursday following an organized team activities practice. “Ain’t nothing to worry about.
“I could be out there, but they want to be cautious about it and just make sure I’m healthy when it’s time to be right, and be right for (training) camp.”
Richardson worked on the side with trainers, then watched practice from behind the huddle. He also missed last week’s Thursday practice that was open to the media.
“I was just running and you just feel it sometimes,” he said of the injury that occurred during a practice. “It’s just like a little strain, that’s all it is. It’s nothing to worry about.”
Coach Rob Chudzinski said the team will determine next week if Richardson will participate in the mandatory minicamp Tuesday through Thursday. The players are then dismissed until training camp in late July.
Chudzinski wants to ensure a healthy Richardson is able to compete then.
Richardson’s rookie season in 2012 was disrupted by injuries. He had arthroscopic knee surgery that caused him to miss the preseason, then broke a couple of ribs in Week 6. He continued to play through the pain until spraining an ankle that sidelined him for the finale.
“I know in my mind, well, everybody knows that it’s not going to be near like last year, being hurt and injured,” Richardson said. “Injury-prone is not going to be me and I just can’t wait to really get back up and running.”
Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya took the first-team repetitions in his place.
NOTES
Outside linebacker Paul Kruger was excused from practice for a family obligation. Quentin Groves got the first repetitions in his place on the left side with the starters, and rookie Barkevious Mingo also worked in.
** Defensive end Desmond Bryant was back after missing a practice last week because of a legal matter.
** Receiver Jordan Norwood, rookie safety Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles tendon) and rookie offensive lineman Chris Faulk (knee) didn’t practice.
** Tight end Jordan Cameron practiced after missing last Thursday with a strained groin.
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