May 16, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) runs with the ball during organized team activities at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

AFC North: Trent Richardson until August. Steelers sign Le’Veon Bell

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson will likely be held out of practice until August as he deals with a right shin injury. The Browns fear that any kind of overload on the shin will lead to a potential stress fracture, which could sideline him for much of the 2013 NFL season. Richardson was held out of OTAs with the shin strain, but later stated that the injury was “no biggie” and he could be on the field with his team if not for the precautionary measures taken by the coaching and training staff.

Richardson, the third-overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, finished his rookie season with 950 rushing yards and 11 TDs to go with 51 receptions for 367 receiving yards and one TD.

This, despite Richardson playing through series of injuries that included him playing nine games with broken ribs.

 

May 3, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers second round draft pick running back Le

The Pittsburgh Steelers may finally be getting the feature running back they’ve lacked since their last Super bowl berth in 2011, as they’ve signed rookie running back Le’Veon Bell to a four-year deal. The former Michigan State Spartan was the team’s second-round pick

Bell ran for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns during his career at Michigan State and will have to beat out Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch and Isaac Redman for playing time this year.

Still, after the Steelers averaged 3.7 yards per carry in 2012, their lowest average since 2008, Bell will get every opportunity to become the feature back.

 

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