Jun 4, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) rides the stationary bike during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

AFC North: Trent Richardson Healthy. Norv Turner says 300 Carries Possible



A report came out a month ago that Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson was suffering from a right shin injury that would keep him out until August. This week, Richardson he doesn’t have any pain in his leg, and head coach Rob Chudzinski told Cleveland reporters that Richardson reported to the Browns’ training facility last week with rookies and injured players and is now practicing with the team.
Now, Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner is talking about a monster role for Richardson that would include 300 carries:
Obviously, the trend in the league is to not do that, but I think it depends on your team and everyone around it. If that player is your best player, then I think it’s probably a good thing to have him in the game and give him the ball. So I would hope Trent would have that many carries. That means he’s playing healthy and playing at a pretty high level.
Richardson dealt with injuries all of last season. He underwent surgery August 9 to remove a piece of loose cartilage from his left knee, which he also had scoped Feb. 3. He returned in time for the regular-season opener Sept. 9, even though he missed most of training camp and all four preseason games.
He also suffered through a number of broken ribs against the Cincinnati Bengals, but played through the injury before being sidelined in the regular-season finale with a left high ankle sprain he suffered in Week 16 against the Denver Broncos.
Despite all of those ailments, Richardson started 15 games and rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, while also chipping in 51 receptions for 367 yards and one TD.
If Richardson is indeed healthy can stay so throughout the 2013 NFL Season, he’ll easily be in the top-10 in rushing yardage, and could be a candidate for the Pro Bowl. That’s just how talented he is.

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