Rookie running back Trent Richardson had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., and the Browns are optimistic he’ll be able to return to action by the start of the regular season on Sept. 9.
“Trent Richardson underwent a successful routine arthroscopic procedure today on his left knee,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement released by the team Thursday evening. “It was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.
“We anticipate that Trent will make a speedy recovery, and we are hopeful that he will be ready for our Week One game against Philadelphia.”
The procedure removed a small piece of loose cartilage that was irritating Richardson’s left knee, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported. Richardson, the third overall pick in this year’s draft, also had surgery Feb. 3 to repair a torn meniscus in the same knee. Andrews performed that operation as well.
The 5-foot-9, 230-pound Richardson sat out practice for the first time Tuesday because his left knee bothered him. He wore a black sleeve on his left leg and worked out on an exercise bike. Richardson didn’t attend the team’s Family Night practice Wednesday at Cleveland Browns Stadium because he was traveling to Florida.
Running back Montario Hardesty will replace Richardson in the starting lineup in the Browns’ preseason opener tonight against the host Detroit Lions. Richardson might miss all of the Browns’ exhibition games.
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