Trent Richardson Injury: Updates on Cleveland Browns Star's Shin

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJune 4, 2013

The injury trials and tribulations for Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson's young career continue, as the 2012 No. 3 overall pick is dealing with a shin injury.

Will Burge of ESPN Cleveland originally broke the news in June:

UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7:20 p.m. ET

From Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 5:35 p.m. ET

From Associated Press reporter Tom Withers:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12, at 9:30 a.m. ET

Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich has the latest from Trent Richardson:

'The ultimate goal is to make it to Miami, but it’s one day at a time,' [Trent] Richardson told the Beacon Journal after practice Sunday...

... 'I wanted to be out there [in the preseason opener]. Coach makes the decisions. They just told me they were going to sit me down, and that was that. There were no words other than that. Coach made a decision, and it happened like that.'

Speaking of that troublesome shin, Richardson said it feels fine.

'Oh yeah, 100 percent, ready to go, and Coach will let time heal and let time do what it does,' said Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft. 'I’m with Coach and letting him tell me what to do.'

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UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 11, at 10:40 a.m. ET

The Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot has the latest on Trent Richardson:

Running back Trent Richardson (shin) and safety T.J. Ward (hamstring) returned to some team drills Saturday...

... Neither Richardson nor Ward participated in the two-minute drills, but took reps in other team periods. Chudzinski said he'll know later in the week who will face Detroit. He added that the plan is to get Richardson ready for opening day and that they're following a pre-determined plan.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 12:30 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

From Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 9:15 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

From the National Football Post's Aaron Wilson:

The Cleveland Browns got a piece of good news for their offensive backfield Monday when starting running back Trent Richardson returned to practice...

... 'Now that Trent is practicing again, we'll go from there,' [Browns coach Rob] Chudzinski said. 'We'll see how he looks tomorrow and Wednesday, then make a decision about what we're going to do against St. Louis.'

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UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 4, at 8:10 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

From The News-Herald's Jeff Schudel:

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UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

From The Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot:

Trent Richardson sat out Friday and will miss Family Fun night Saturday at FirstEnergy Field after getting kicked in the right shin during Thursday's practice when a lineman was knocked backwards.

It's the same shin in which Richardson suffered a muscle strain during organized team activities. It caused him to miss some practice time in OTAs and all of the June minicamp.

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, at 2:47 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford's Dan Hanzus has the latest on Richardson:

Trent Richardson will not be held back as training camp begins for the Cleveland Browns.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters Monday that Richardson reported last week to pre-camp with rookies and other players coming off injuries. Chudzinski said Richardson is practicing full-go,according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

It had been previously reported the Browns were being "ultra-cautious" with their starting running back, who missed the bulk of the team's offseason program because of a strained muscle in his shin. reportedthe Browns might hold Richardson out of action until August, though Chudzinski said at the time Richardson would be ready for camp."Richardson has been full-go," Chudzinski went on to say. "He's been practicing these last few days and looks good."

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 7, at 3:10 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has an update on Trent Richardson's rehab as he tries to get ready for the upcoming season.

Richardson has begun his running program, as scheduled, at home in Pensacola, Fla., so he’s still on track for camp. But the Browns will err on the side of caution and do whatever it takes to get him to the season healthy. If he’s somewhat limited early on in camp, it wouldn’t be the worst decision. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 5, at 1:15 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Richardson told reporters today that he expects to be back in action by the time training camp rolls around, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal.

The Browns running back also addressed concerns over his use of migraine medication and how it might have impacted his weight as he rehabs.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 5, at 8:04 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

NFL's Dan Hanzus has more on Richardson's status for this summer:

It was reported earlier Tuesday that the Cleveland Browns plan to hold their ailing running back out of action until August, but's Ian Rapoport reported, via two sources informed of the player's injury, that the team and Richardson do not believe his shin injury is serious.

The Browns are holding Richardson out of minicamp as a precaution, but the team doesn't believe the issue will stop him from being ready for the first day of training camp in July.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 4, at 1 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski commented on Richardson's status. He expects the running back to be ready for camp at the end of July, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer

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A subsequent report by Burge noted that Richardson was initially diagnosed with a lower leg strain that was expected to keep him out for part of minicamp. However, it now looks as though Richardson will miss a chunk of training camp.

Richardson told the media last week during organized team activities that he could participate in every activity moving forward if the team would allow him.

Burge also reports that Richardson is taking medication for migraines and couldn't do full weightlifting sessions on the medication. That has caused Richardson to lose weight over the past two weeks, and there have been days where he hasn't been allowed "off the (trainers) table."

The source that informed Burge of Richardson's extended absence indicated the team is being especially cautious with the running back.   

There is belief that a worst-case scenario with Richardson's injury would be what happened to Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware, who gruesomely broke his leg against Duke in the Elite Eight of this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Richardson set Browns rookie records with 950 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground in his rookie campaign—despite playing nine games with broken ribs for his 5-11 team. He also caught 51 passes for 367 yards and another score.

The Browns now have offensively innovative head coach Rob Chudzinski in the fold along with prolific play-caller Norv Turner. Cleveland needs Richardson's power and versatility in the backfield to make its attack work—and to ultimately be relevant competitors in the AFC North.

Left knee surgery also held Richardson out for the entire preseason in 2012, and that kept him from being 100 percent to start his promising young career.