Trent Richardson has sat over the last week of organized team activities with a strained muscle in his right shin. Thus, in an effort to downplay the injuries that have been a constant nag for him in his short NFL career, he shared with the media after practice on Thursday how he’s working to fight off the “injury-prone” label.
“Ain’t no biggie. Ain’t nothing to worry about. I could be out there, but they want to be cautious about it and just make sure I’m healthy when it’s time to be right and be right for [training] camp [in late July]. … It’s terrible [sitting out], but I know in my mind, well, everybody knows that it’s not going to be near like last year, being hurt and injured. Injury-prone is not going to be me. And I just can’t wait to get up back and running.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich, Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski sounded as if Richardson might also sit through the team’s mandatory minicamp from Tuesday-Thursday next week. Richardson had downplayed his current shin issues, saying it was minor enough that it didn’t warrant an MRI, but that he might be checking with renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews to “make sure everything is good.”
Richardson continued to do light exercises on the sidelines on Thursday during OTAs. There likely will be more official word as the week continues and minicamp approaches whether or not he’ll be sitting out even more.
After being the No. 3 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Alabama, the talented running back missed most of training camp and all four preseason games following left knee surgery. He also battled broken ribs during the season, then missed Week 17 following a left high ankle sprain. He finished the year with 1,317 total yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns, a remarkable season for a Browns rusher, let alone a rookie, yet clearly looked hampered by injuries on numerous occasions.
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