The Browns RB was not having a great day on the ground before the injury, rushing for just eight yards on eight carries prior to exiting the contest.
With "T-Rich" continually fending off this nagging rib injury, the Browns and fantasy owners must be at least somewhat concerned. So, let's break down what Richardson's injury means for all parties involved.
Richardson's fantasy production has been somewhat of a roller-coaster ride all season and that is not going to change anytime soon.
Cleveland's offense is always hit-or-miss, and because of that Richardson can go from 109 yards rushing to 27 yards on the ground in just one week's time. What is noteworthy is that Richardson's production has taken a serious hit in the past two weeks, as the Browns have both won a game and fought hard in another.
The offense has found ways to win based on the arm strength of Brandon Weeden and Richardson has not had 19 carries or more since Week 2. The Browns know he is their best offensive weapon, but ensuring his long-term health is of utmost importance and this is already a lost season in many respects.
Backup Montario Hardesty has been given a heavy workload in consecutive weeks, and that dependence should not slow down any time soon.
Richardson remains an RB2 or Flex for now, but if Hardesty continues to get a heavy workload, make changes accordingly.
Cleveland is finally gaining some traction with Weeden and the passing game. A nagging rib injury to Richardson is not going to stop the Browns offensive philosophy, but it may change the main recipient of the balanced workload.
Hardesty's carries will increase as long as Richardson is not 100 percent, because Cleveland needs a balanced offensive attack in order to succeed.
The Browns know Richardson is their centerpiece moving forward and will likely limit the chances of him seriously injuring his ribs.