Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson is "tentatively scheduled" to have arthroscopic surgery Thursday morning to remove a "hang nail particle" of loose cartilage that is irritating his left knee, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews.
A league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal that Richardson is scheduled to have the procedure. He could return by the start of the regular season, the source said.
Richardson, the third overall pick in this year’s draft, had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee Feb. 3 to have torn meniscus cartilage repaired. Andrews performed the surgery.
"Richardson’s surgery would be considered as proactive minor procedure; a 'hang nail particle' not related to meniscus repair on same knee," Mortensen wrote on Twitter.
In a statement released today, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said, “Trent Richardson is traveling to Pensacola, Fla., where he will have his left knee further evaluated by Dr. James Andrews tomorrow.”
Richardson sat out practice Tuesday afternoon because his left knee was bothering him. He obviously won't play in the Browns’ preseason opener Friday night against the host Detroit Lions.
Richardson worked out on an exercise bike at the start of practice Tuesday. He wore a black rubber sleeve on his left leg.
As practice ended, Richardson walked into the team’s field house with a trainer and declined to stop and be interviewed. When asked if he could talk, Richardson said, “No, I have to go in.”
When asked Tuesday how concerned he is about Richardson’s knee, Shurmur said, “I’m always concerned about injuries.”
Running back Montario Hardesty is in line to replace Richardson in the starting lineup against the Lions. Hardesty is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Browns’ depth chart, followed by Brandon Jackson, Chris Ogbonnaya and undrafted rookie Adonis Thomas.
“I want to see efficient play,” Shurmur said Tuesday. “I want to see good strong runs. If we throw them the football, I want to see them catch it. And then when we throw the football, it’s very important that they pass protect. It will be good. We have a long line of backs there that are going to get a few more reps now if Trent doesn’t play in the game where they’re going to get a chance to show us what they can do. I think there was a question here earlier in the week, ‘Oh my goodness, how are you going to get a chance to see everybody?’ Well, here we go and I think it’s amazing how training camp takes care of some of that.”