Trent Richardson Injury: Updates on Ravens RB's Hamstring and Return

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Oakland Raiders running back Trent Richardson (33) warms up before an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Baltimore Ravens running back Trent Richardson had been sidelined by a hamstring injury during the team's organized team activities, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley revealed on May 26. However, the Ravens announced on Tuesday that he is ready to participate again: 

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Trent Richardson is back on the field. Take a look: https://t.co/nVenyYGsK9 https://t.co/SdMt4DLh31

According to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, it was announced on May 26 that the Ravens would forfeit three upcoming OTA sessions at the start of June after the league discovered Baltimore used "full pads at a session during their rookie minicamp earlier in May."

While he was previously missing valuable on-field reps, Richardson was afforded an extra week to recover without the threat of ceding additional time to the team's other running backs. 

Regardless, Richardson is facing an uphill climb as it pertains to making the Ravens' final 53-man roster. The former Alabama Crimson Tide standout has failed to live up to expectations since arriving in the NFL, and his career took a turn south when the Cleveland Browns traded him to the Indianapolis Colts shortly after the 2013 season started. 

Trent Richardson's Career Stats
SeasonRush AttemptsRush YdsTDYPC
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

Following a shaky 2014 campaign that saw Richardson average 3.3 yards a carry while totaling 519 yards and three scores on the ground, the Oakland Raiders inked him to a deal that included $600,000 guaranteed, per Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith

Oakland subsequently cut him before the start of the regular season, and he still hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2014. 

Looking ahead, the odds of Richardson qualifying for the Ravens' Week 1 roster would appear to be slim. 

According to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec, "Terrance West (Northwestern High, Towson), Lorenzo Taliaferro and Trent Richardson will likely be competing for just one spot behind Justin Forsett, Buck Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon."

With fresher legs ahead of him on the depth chart, Richardson will need to turn back the clock and showcase the blend of power and speed that made him one of the most compelling prospects in the draft four years ago if he wants to have any shot of resurrecting his career in Baltimore. 


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