When the Cincinnati Bengals host the Cleveland Browns in the teams’ home opener two weeks from tomorrow, they may also be getting to see the debut of the third-overall pick in the NFL Draft in running back Trent Richardson. News came today that he is still recovering from a knee scope he had during training camp, and may not play in the teams’ opener next week against the Eagles:
Do not expect Trent Richardson to play v
#Eagles. Still not practicing.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) September 1, 2012
While at Alabama, he rushed for 3,240 career yards on a 5.8 ypc average and totaled 42 career touchdowns. He was recognized as an All-American, and was a member of two BCS National Championship teams while being called the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson took the NFL by storm.
There’s also a slight chance the Bengals could be debuting their own All-American from Alabama in cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, the 17-overall pick of last year’s draft. After missing nearly all of the preseason with a bruised knee, he’s likely to begin practicing again this week, but is a near-lock for th gameday inactive list when the Bengals square off against the Ravens in their Monday night opener. That means the two former teammates and collegiate champions could make their NFL debuts as opponents.