Trent Richardson Injury: Updates on Browns RB's Abdomen Injury

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 14, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07:  Running back Trent Richardson #33 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns designed a game plan to get explosive rookie running back Trent Richardson the ball more in Week 6.

Unfortunately, the No. 3 overall pick suffered an abdomen injury in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals.


UPDATE: Sunday, October 28, 7:15 a.m. ET by Donald Wood 

Cleveland Browns fans can breathe a bit easier Sunday, as ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that rookie Trent Richardson (ribs) will likely play against the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

Despite his rib injury, Browns running back Trent Richardson is expected to play today vs. San Diego.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2012

There had been talk about resting Richardson until Week 10 to allow his ribs to properly heal, but the tough young star has convinced the team that he is ready enough to make an impact this week.

San Diego has an underestimated run defense, so Richardson fantasy owners should be cautious and Browns fans should not be surprised if the rookie sees limited snaps.

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UPDATE: Thursday, October 25 at 12:23 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Awesome news for Browns fans and fantasy owners as Trent Richardson looked better during yesterday's practice than he did at the same point last week, according to Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and Medina Gazette's Scott Petrak.

#Browns Shurmur said RB Richardson (rib cartilage) looked way better Wednesday than he did the previous Wednesday.

— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) October 25, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 12:16 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Browns fans as Trent Richardson did participate in walkthrough this morning, according to Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and Medina Gazette's Scott Petrak.

#Browns RB Richardson (rib) participated in walkthrough. Shurmur thinks it was OK he played last week. Didn't suffer a setback.

— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) October 24, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 23, 2:05 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

Despite playing in last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts before leaving early, the Cleveland Browns organization may be considering letting their rookie running back sit until he is 100 percent healthy.

ESPN’s Ed Werder is reporting via Pro Football Talk’s Evan Silva that the Cleveland Browns are tossing around the idea of benching their star back until Week 10:

ESPN's Ed Werder also reported #Browns are "discussing" holding Trent Richardson out through Wk 10 bye. Werder called rib injury "serious."

— Evan Silva (@evansilva) October 23, 2012

While Browns fans have already written the season off as a failure and want their running back of the future healthy moving forward, fantasy owners would be devastated by this news.

With bye weeks killing owners and now the nagging rib injury causing Richardson to possibly miss time, Cleveland backup Montario Hardesty just became a viable option in all formats.

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 21 at 10:50 p.m. ET by Rick Weiner

Trent Richardson only played in the first half of the Browns' 17-13 loss to the Indianpolis Colts, picking up eight yards on eight carries.

After the game, he told reporters that his injury is more severe than people think: (h/t Akron Beacon-Journal)

Coach didn’t think I was as I usually am. That’s something I have to swallow. It’s a process trying to get back. The injury I have is much bigger than what folks think it is, and I don’t want to do anything to hurt the team.

Browns' head coach Pat Shurmur does not think that Richardson did any additional damage by playing:

He’s no worse for wear. In my opinion, how the game was going, [he] wasn’t quite effective. I think maybe the injury there contributed. So he didn’t injure it. He’s moving forward. Today I don’t think contributed to any setbacks.

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 21 at 11:52 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Trent Richardson is listed as active for Sunday's matchup with the Indianapolis Colts, and will start according to the Chronicle-Telegram's Scott Petrak via Twitter:

As expected, #Browns RB Trent Richardson (ribs/chest) active and will start. DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf) back after missing last week.

— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) October 21, 2012

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UPDATE: Thursday, October 18 at 1:05 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Richardson won't be risking his ribs too much on Sunday. He'll be sporting a hefty flak jacket, according to Associated Press (via The Washington Post):

Richardson expects to play against the Colts and Browns coach Pat Shurmur said his starting running back will be outfitted in extra “space-age designed” protective equipment.

Shurmur quipped the jacket is “bullet proof and he (Richardson) told me he already was.”

Richardson is all but certain to at least suit up and give it a go on Sunday, and fantasy owners should be prepared to slot him into their starting lineups. He's bullet proof, after all.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 18 at 12:50 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports Richardson might be part of a timeshare situation in Week 7 if his rib injury limits him but he's still able to play.

#Browns Shurmur said RB Richardson could share time if rib cartilage is still a factor. Hardesty and Ogbonnaya have contributed already.

— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) October 18, 2012

Montario Hardesty has been the more effective rusher of the two Cleveland backups, but neither one is worth starting in fantasy leagues unless Richardson misses the game. The situation should become a lot more clear before an early kickoff on Sunday.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 17 at 3:10 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

More good news for the Browns—alongside practicing today, Richardson seems to believe the injury isn't terribly serious. From Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

#browns t-rich said it's more a rib cartilage injury than anything. Wouldn't say if any ribs are fractured.

— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 17, 2012

It looks like Richardson is going to play this week. Fantasy owners should keep him in their lineups given his nice matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 17 at 11:58 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Browns fans and fantasy owners as Trent Richardson (ribs) will practice today, according to's Tony Grossi

Pat Shurmur on T. Richardson: He'll be out there practicing. He's doing great." .. has rib/cartilage injury.

— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) October 17, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 16 at 12:05 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Although Trent Richardson (ribs) is expected to be fine, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Tom Reed currently states that his status for Week 7 is "uncertain."

 Trent Richardson suffered a rib injury in the Browns' win over Cincinnati, and his status for Sunday's game at Indianapolis is uncertain...

...Richardson said Sunday that despite the pain he believes he will play on Sunday. He's likely to be limited in practice this week. 

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UPDATE: Monday, October 15 at 2:06 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Good news for Browns fans and fantasy owners as rookie superstar Trent Richardson is considered day-to-day heading into Week 7.'s Tony Grossi has the latest from head coach Pat Shurmur:

Pat Shurmur: RB Trent Richardson has a right rib/cartilage injury, day to day.

— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) October 15, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Good news, Browns fans. According to Akron Beacon Journal reporter Nate Ulrich, Richardson seems positive about his playing status for Week 7:

#Browns RB Trent Richardson on right side/ribs injury: "I took a shot but I'll be back. I'll be ready for next week." #NFL

— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) October 14, 2012

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Browns reporter Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal broke the diagnosis of Richardson's ailment on Twitter:

Press box announcement: #Browns RB Trent Richardson has a "flank injury," otherwise known as swelling of the abdomen. #NFL

— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) October 14, 2012

At the time of his injury, Richardson had just 14 carries for 37 yards, as the Browns strung together a series of three-and-outs while unable to establish a viable running game.


Who's the Backup?

Montario Hardesty, who has battled several injuries in his young pro career, has entered in Richardson's place and actually given the team a spark. The 2010 second-round pick has 10 carries for 46 yards, including a go-ahead touchdown for Cleveland to start the fourth quarter.

This is definitely a statement by Hardesty, who struggled last season and throughout the preseason in Richardson's absence. He is capitalizing on a rare opportunity.


Devastation Scale: 8 out of 10

If not for Hardesty's stellar showing thus far, this rating would be a 10 out of 10. However, perhaps the Browns' backup can take some of the load off of Richardson in the coming weeks. He even got a few carries earlier in the game before Richardson left.

Entering Sunday's game, though, Richardson was obviously the team's leading rusher and also had a team-high 20 receptions.


Timeline for Return

While Richardson may be able to return to action in this one, it is late in the fourth quarter and the Browns have a 34-17 lead. The severity of the injury is still unclear, but Hardesty is filling in just fine for Richardson. It's rather unlikely he'll return to the field.

This could be a very costly injury for Cleveland, putting a damper on what will likely be the team's first win of 2012.

Stay tuned for more on Richardson's status.


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