Browns running back Trent Richardson sat out practice today after being kicked in his right shin Thursday during training camp, but he downplayed the severity of the injury.
Richardson missed part of organized team activities in May and the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp in June with a strained muscle in the same shin.
Richardson said he would miss the team’s Family Night practice Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium, though he insisted he expects to return to action on Monday. Both Richardson and Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Richardson would have played had the Browns had a game.
“Yeah, I got kicked, but football is football,” said Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft. “Ain’t no kick going to stop me from running. I might get kicked two years from now, and I might have that same thing. It ain’t nothing to be worried about. Coach said it was already in the game plan for me to be scheduled to rest these next two days I think he said. But I’ll be back out here Monday, whenever he said I would be back.”
Richardson missed most of training camp and all four preseason games last year after having surgery Aug. 9 to remove a piece of loose cartilage from his left knee. He insisted he’s still on track to play in the Browns’ upcoming preseason games – the opener against the St. Louis Rams will be held Aug. 8 in Cleveland.
“I’m going to play in all of [the preseason games],” Richardson said. “Coach knows that if it was a preseason game tomorrow or today, I’d be playing in it. If we were playing in the Hall of Fame game right now, I’d be playing in the game. It doesn’t matter. I’m playing in every game this year. That’s my word, and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s my goal.”
Richardson said he worked out inside the team’s training facility at the beginning of practice today before walking onto the field to watch.
“Other than that, there wasn’t any treatment,” Richardson said. “There’s nothing you can really do about a sore shin but ice it.”