Browns coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Brad Childress met with reporters today before practice. Here are some of the highlights:
Rookie running back Trent Richardson is on track to play Sunday in the Browns’ regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles despite undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Aug. 9.
Richardson, the third overall pick in this year's draft, practiced in shoulder pads today for the first time since he had the procedure.
“We’re gonna watch him practice today with his shoulder pads on,” Shurmur said. “In my mind, there hasn’t been any setbacks in his recovery, and so we’ll make that decision when it happens.
“I think you bring a guy’s workload up and each time you give them a little bit more, once they get a good night’s sleep and they come in, you check them. I think we’ll do that with him all the way through until he’s in the right condition and ready to play 65 plays.”
Childress also offered the following opinions about Richardson’s situation:
On whether the Browns will need to monitor Richardson on Sunday: “I’d still like to fall back and watch him practice another couple of days, and then I think we’ll probably make those decisions then. Yesterday has really been the first heavy, heavy workload that he’s had. You always want to see how they respond and come back to practice today and then respond typically when you’re talking about his situation.”
On Richardson’s talent: “He’s gifted. I don’t think you get an appreciation for him till you really see him in full pads. You watch the OTAs and that type of thing, but I don’t think you can get the full measure of him till you see him shrug a couple people off and be physical and that type of thing. Those are all things that for you guys remain to be seen.”
On how big of a deal is Richardson missing all four preseason games: “I don’t think there’s any way to speed up the conditioning. Certainly some of his rehab has probably been conditioning oriented, but we always talk about as coaches, being in football shape and carrying your pads. At a point in time, he was pretty good there, but that kind of wanes after a while of inactivity.”
On if he’s curious to see what the offense looks like with Richardson: “I’d be lying to you if I didn’t have some anxiousness and want to see us all play and compete as well.”
Other practice notes
Cornerback Joe Haden, who’s appealing a suspension for a reported failed drug test, practiced again today and will likely be permitted to play Sunday. … Rookie linebacker James-Michael Johnson (oblique) and offensive linemen John Greco (calf) and Oniel Cousins (ankle) continued to sit out today.