Trent Richardson Injury: Updates on Browns RB's Leg

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2012

On a day when he became his franchise's all-time leading rookie rusher, the Cleveland Browns Trent Richardson was carted off the field. 

Thankfully, the injury to this exciting youngster does not appear to be serious.'s Tony Grossi passed along the update. 

No broken ankle for Trent Richardson, but left foot in boot.

— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) December 24, 2012


UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 11:32 a.m. ET

After missing the team's final 2012 game, Trent Richardson revealed that he played most of the season with broken ribs, according to Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and the Medina Gazette's Scott Petrak.

#Browns RB Trent Richardson said he played with 2 or 3 broken ribs since Week 6. Has to sleep sitting up.

— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) December 31, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Trent Richardson will not be available for the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is listed as inactive for Sunday according to NFL beat writer for, Fred Greetham via Twitter:

#Browns inactives Weeden McCoy S Brown T RIchardson Shaw Cameron and Kitchen. T Lewis starts for Weeden

— Fred Greetham (@FredGreethamOBR) December 30, 2012


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UPDATE: Friday, December 28 at 12:45 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

It looks as though that boot was bad news for Richardson after all. The No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft has been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:

#browns Weeden, McCoy, Richardson ruled out, Thad Lewis will start in Pittsburgh, Shurmur announced.

— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 28, 2012

As if the matchup with Pittsburgh's No. 1 defense wouldn't be hard enough. Montario Hardesty will presumably start in Richardson's place, and third-string QB Thaddeus Lewis will get the nod under center.

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I would have to think that this ends Richardson's season. The 5-10 Browns have just one game left this season and they are going nowhere. It is time to just put their valuable rookie on the shelf. 

While Richardson has spent the majority of this season getting pushed out of the spotlight by the talented rookie quarterbacks of this class and the sporadic big-number performances of fellow rookie back Doug Martin, he has had a nice season. 

Richardson has been playing behind a suspect offensive line and a less-than-fearsome passing attack. In other words, he has met plenty of resistance right at the line of scrimmage. 

Despite that, he has rushed for 950 yards on the season and 11 touchdowns. He also avoided injury just long enough to capture a Browns rookie record, and anytime you break a rushing record for the Cleveland, you are going to be in good company. 

SportsCenter explains with this tweet:

Trent Richardson passes Jim Brown for most rushing yards by a rookie (949) in Browns history.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 23, 2012

So here's to hoping T-Rich's ankle fully heals because he has a bright future.