What was once thought to be an issue of rest has now become a small arthroscopic surgery according to reports on ESPN.com. Trent Richardson previously underwent surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee. Now, there is apparently a small piece of cartilage that is causing discomfort and swelling.
As someone who has had two ACL surgeries, one of which included a partial cartilage tear, I can speak somewhat from experience. Trent Richardson’s surgery shouldn’t be a giant ordeal like what Montario Hardesty went through previously with his ACL injury that had him looking hobbled even a year later.
All that being said, I’d be lying if I said things couldn’t be going better. Even an elite running back prospect like Trent Richardson would be best served to have pre-season reps. Even with optimistic recovery estimates there’s pretty much 0% chance that Richardson can play on Friday, and probably almost equally doubtful for the Browns’ second game on Thursday August 16th against Green Bay.