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Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson practices despite rib injury

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 17, 2012

Rookie running back Trent Richardson practiced today after suffering an injury to the cartilage in his right rib cage Sunday when he absorbed a blow from a helmet during the first quarter of the Browns’ 34-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

After the game, Richardson said he expects to play Sunday when the Browns (1-5) visit the Indianapolis Colts (2-3). Richardson, the third overall pick in this year’s draft, appeared to move well while taking handoffs during practice.

"In my head, I’m gonna be ready for Sunday," Richardson said. "I’m already ready for Sunday. It just depends how I do and coach is gonna let me know what I need to do.

"You're really just going [to play] with how much pain you can tolerate. And for me, I'm just going to be ready for Sunday and ready to go for the whole game."

Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden also looked fine today during practice. Weeden, the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft, twisted his ankle Sunday but didn't miss a snap.

Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi practiced for the first time since he injured a hamstring Sept. 23 during the third quarter of the Browns’ 24-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin (hamstring) practiced after sitting out Sunday.

Coach Pat Shurmur said rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon would still have a prominent role in the offense once other receivers return from injuries. Gordon has tallied five catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns in the past two games.

“Josh is one of our guys,” Shurmur said.

Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin also returned to action after being sidelined all of last week with an injured calf. Undrafted free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) practiced today after spending the past two games on the inactive list.

Defensive tackle Phil Taylor, who has spent this season on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from a torn left pectoral muscle, will return to practice “pretty soon,” Shurmur said.

Strongside linebacker Scott Fujita (neck/shoulder) did not practice today. Shurmur declined to comment on reports that Fujita's injury could be career ending.

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle) didn't practice, either. He and Fujita were inactive Sunday.

Notable sighting

Browns President Mike Holmgren watched practice from the field today. Holmgren will retire after this season and Joe Banner will become CEO of the team Oct. 25, new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced Tuesday.

Banner held his introductory news conference this morning and later watched practice. Holmgren is expected to address the media sometime this week.

Special guests

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan attended practice today after holding a rally at nearby Baldwin Wallace University in the morning.


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