Last season, Trent Richardson showed plenty of potential when it comes to developing into one of the league’s top running backs as he finished the year with 950 rushing yards to go along with 11 touchdowns. Unfortunately, there’s always been a reason for concern when it comes to Richardson as he’s always seemed to be an injury prone type of running back and now–the Cleveland Browns may have to worry about their star running back for the start of the regular season.
Cleveland made the decision to rest Richardson until August as they fear a leg injury could turn into a stress fracture–which is obviously the smart move on the organization’s end. The last thing the Browns need to do is have Richardson participate in these workouts over the next couple of months and have something happen to his leg that puts his 2013 season in jeopardy.
Throughout his football career, Richardson has always proven to be a workhorse and there’s no question he has the potential to develop into one of the league’s top running backs if he can manage to stay healthy. Still, staying healthy is going to be a key factor in whether or not that happens and the fact that Cleveland is going to keep him out for these next two months may be a smart move, but it’s also a reason for concern.
Hopefully, these next two months is just what Richardson needs to have his leg fully recover in time. Otherwise, the Browns could be in for a long 2013 season if their running back isn’t at full strength.
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