The Cleveland Browns held running back Trent Richardson out of the first preseason game just for precautionary measures. The fact is he missed all of last year’s preseason due to knee surgery and the Browns want to ease him into it this season. With that being said, Richardson is very excited to show the team what he can do in his preseason debut.
“Oh, he told you I’m playing?” Richardson said, according to Freep.com. “Hey, I’m surprised like y’all and I’m happy and I can’t wait to get up out there.”
Head coach Rob Chudzinski told the media earlier in the day that he plans to use Richardson for a few series against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.
“I kind of had a feeling he was going to say, ‘Yeah’ today because he had me going in there with starters today,” Richardson said, according to Freep.com. “It felt good when I was out there and I’m happy coach told y’all I can play.”
Richardson is coming off a solid rookie season in which he rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns on 267 attempts. The fact that he was able to do that with broken ribs shows just how special he truly is.
Obviously, the Browns are hoping he can outdo himself and get over 1,000 yards in 2013. However, the only way he will be able to do that is by getting some valuable playing time in the preseason. It is important for him to get a feel for the offensive line, as well as, get his own legs back into game shape.