Browns running back Trent Richardson isn’t practicing today as the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp begins because he has a strained muscle in his right shin, and WKNR (850-AM) reported this morning that Richardson will be out until August as the organization fears his injury could develop into a stress fracture.
Training camp begins in late July.
Richardson, who worked out on an exercise bike this morning at the start of practice, missed organized team activities the past two weeks. He said he suffered the injury while running during practice. Richardson, though, downplayed the significance of the injury last week while addressing the media.
“Ain’t no biggie,” Richardson said May 30. “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 [in late July].”
Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, dealt with injuries all of last season. He underwent surgery Aug. 9 to remove a piece of loose cartilage from his left knee, which he also had scoped Feb. 3. He returned in time for the regular-season opener Sept. 9, even though he missed most of training camp and all four preseason games.
Then in Week 6, Richardson suffered two or three broken ribs against the Cincinnati Bengals. He played through the injury before being sidelined in the regular-season finale with a left high ankle sprain he suffered in Week 16 against the Denver Broncos.
“It’s terrible [sitting out], but 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 May 30. “Injury-prone is not going to be me.”