Browns running back Trent Richardson said he expects to be ready for the first day of training camp July 25 despite sitting out the team’s three-day minicamp this week with a strained muscle in his right shin.
“I still expect to be out there day one,” Richardson said today after practice. “People are saying I’ve got another injury, and it’s farther than what people are saying it is. And no it’s not. Coach got me out for precautionary reasons. It’s nothing that big to worry about.”
Richardson’s comments contradict a report from WKNR (850-AM) that stated the team told Richardson he’ll be out until August and that it fears his injury could develop into a stress fracture.
The report also stated that Richardson has been taking medication for migraines and that the medication combined with not being able to do a full weight-lifting program has caused him to lose weight during the past two weeks.
Richardson said he has been treated for migraines since he can remember and his weight-lifting regimen hasn’t changed.
“I’ve been taking migraine medicine my whole life, like a normal person would do if they had migraines,” Richardson said. “As far as not lifting, I lift just like everybody. I just got done lifting yesterday. I can out lift anybody in the weight room.
“As far as me not putting a lot of weight on the bench, I’m still doing that, still doing the same stuff, and everything’s still the same. I don’t know where they’re coming up with all these different reports about migraines, this and that, and I haven’t even had a problem at all with migraines lately.”
The 5-foot-9 Richardson also said he weighs about 225 pounds, and he wants to play at about 223 pounds.
"I want to stay at that as far as me being able to be more shifty like I was in college," Richardson said. "I played at like 230, 232 last year. I want to make sure I can get back to 225, 223, stay there the whole year."
Last year, Richardson missed a training camp practice Aug. 2 with what ex-Browns coach Pat Shurmur described as a “headache.” But Richardson returned the next day and migraines were not a known issue for him at any other point last year.
“When I got to high school, [the migraines] got kind of bad then, but it’s always been controllable,” Richardson said. “Migraines are one of the worst things that you can ever have. They’re real tough. Migraines are tough. Migraines, it doesn’t come that often, but when it does, you’ve got to catch it at the right time or it sticks with you.”
Other medical issues Richardson endured last season were far more noticeable. He missed most of training camp and all four preseason games after undergoing surgery Aug. 9 to remove a piece of loose cartilage from his left knee, which he also had scoped Feb. 3 following his final season at the University of Alabama.
Richardson returned in time for the Browns' regular-season opener Sept. 9, but suffered two or three broken ribs in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He played through the injury before sitting out the regular-season finale with a left high ankle sprain he suffered in Week 16 against the Denver Broncos.
“Out of all the stuff I went through last year, I missed one game and that was heartbreaking to me,” Richardson said. “I was sitting there watching the game mad and I didn’t want nobody to come in the room when I was watching the game. I wanted to watch the game by myself. I just can’t wait to get out there.”
Richardson acknowledged his history of injuries has caused the Browns to be cautious about the strained muscle in his right leg. On May 30, he said the injury didn’t warrant an MRI, and he said today there has been no re-examination since.
He insists he would be able to play Sunday if the Browns had a game.
"I’d be able to play," Richardson said. "I’d be practicing right now. Y’all wouldn’t even be talking about none of this right now. Y’all wouldn’t even know there was nothing even wrong with my leg."
Richardson suffered the injury while running during organized team activities a couple of weeks ago, but he said he wasn’t stepped on.
“I don’t have no pain it right now,” Richardson said. “I can walk. I can ride the bike all day and don’t have no pain in it. But I still ice every day and I make sure I do the right stuff to take care of it.”
Richardson continued to do light exercises on the sidelines today, but he's antsy to fully participate in practice again.
“I can’t wait to be out here with the guys finishing plays down the field, running past the last defender, leading the drills,” Richardson said. “That’s stuff that I miss doing.
"I’m an athlete and I want to be on the field doing stuff. I hate to be sitting down for so long.”
Other injury updates
Tight end Jordan Cameron appeared to injure his left hamstring today while making a touchdown catch in the back corner of the end zone.
Cameron grabbed the back of his left leg after the play and walked to the sidelines with a trainer. The trainer massaged Cameron’s leg and wrapped it.
Cameron did not participate in the rest of practice.
In addition to Richardson, wide receiver David Nelson (knee), safety Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles), wide receiver Jordan Norwood (hamstring) and offensive tackle Chris Faulk (knee) were the only players who did not practice today. All of them did light exercises on the sidelines.
Shayne Graham and Brandon Bogotay took turns attempting field goals at the end of two-minute drills.
Graham missed a 55-yard field goal wide right then made a 46-yard attempt to cap drives for the first-team offense. Quarterback Brandon Weeden continued to take all the reps with the projected starters.
Bogotay went 2-for-2. He made field goals of 54 and 51 yards to finish drives for the second-team offense. Quarterback Jason Campbell took most of the reps with the second unit, though Brian Hoyer took some as well.
The first-team guards today were Jason Pinkston (left side) and Shawn Lauvao (right). John Greco worked with the second unit after practicing with the first-team offense throughout organized team activities and the first day of mandatory minicamp. … The first-team cornerbacks today were Joe Haden and Chris Owens. … Gary Barnidge practiced with the first-team offense when it used two tight ends. He made several catches, including an impressive one-handed grab on a pass from Hoyer. … Practicing at right outside linebacker with the second-team defense, Barkevious Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, batted a pass from Hoyer near the line of scrimmage, and cornerback Trevin Wade intercepted the deflected ball. … Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his father, Jim Haslam, were on the field watching practice.