Browns back Richardson practices, expects to play vs. Colts
Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Despite a rib cage injury, rookie running back Trent Richardson practiced Wednesday and declared he’s ready to play when the Cleveland Browns take on the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
Richardson suffered an injury to the cartilage in his right rib cage when he was hit by a helmet in the first quarter of the Browns’ 34-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
The third overall pick appeared to be fine, moving well while taking handoffs during practice.
The Browns (1-5) ended an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season with a victory over the Bengals. They will eye a second straight win against the Colts, who have a 2-3 record.
Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden appeared to be fine during practice after twisting his ankle Sunday against the Bengals where he completed 17 of 28 passes for 231 yards and two touchdown passes.
Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi practiced for the first time after injuring a hamstring Sept. 23 in the third quarter of the Browns’ 24-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin also practiced after sitting out Sunday due to a hamstring problem.
Coach Pat Shurmur also emphasized that rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon would still have a prominent role in the offense despite the return of other wideouts from injuries.
“Josh is one of our guys,” Shurmur said of Gordon, who has tallied five catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns in the past two games.
Meanwhile, Shurmur declined to comment on reports that linebacker Scott Fujita’s neck and shoulder injury could be career ending. Fujita was inactive Sunday.