BEREA – Browns running back Trent Richardson is getting antsy sitting on the sideline with a strain in his lower right leg but fully expects to be back practicing when training camp opens in late July.
“I still expect to be out there Day 1,” he said Wednesday following minicamp practice. “People are saying I’ve got another injury, and it’s farther than what people are saying it is. And, no, it’s not.
“Coach got me out for precautionary reasons. It’s nothing that big to worry about. So it’s going to be better for me, better for the team, better for everybody and make sure that I be back late July or early August, whenever we do start our real camp.”
WKNR 850-AM reported Tuesday that Richardson would miss the start of training camp, be out until August and the team is worried that the strain could develop into a stress fracture. Coach Rob Chudzinski said Tuesday he expects Richardson to be ready for the start of training camp, and Richardson, who suffered the injury in the second week of organized team activities, said he hasn’t had any further testing of the leg.
“Nah, no re-examination,” he said. “It’s just for this, they just got me sitting out. There ain’t no training table. The only thing you can do is just rest. So that’s all they got me doing.
“I don’t have no pain in it right now. I can walk. I can ride the bike all day and don’t have no pain in it. But I still ice every day and I make sure I do the right stuff to take care of it.”
Richardson again rode the stationary bike and worked on the side with trainers before watching practice. He’ll sit out again Thursday for the final day of minicamp. The veterans are then off until training camp, which is expected to start July 26.
“I can’t wait. I can’t wait to be out here with the guys finishing plays down the field, running past the last defender, leading the drills,” Richardson said. “That’s stuff that I miss doing. I’m an athlete and I want to be on the field doing stuff. I hate to be sitting down for so long.”
WKNR’s report also stated Richardson was losing weight because he was taking migraine medication and unable to do a full weight-lifting program. Richardson contradicted the report.
“As far as not lifting, I lift just like everybody,” he said. “I just got done lifting yesterday. I can outlift anybody in the weight room, in my head.
“I don’t know where they’re coming up with all these different reports about migraines, this and that, and I haven’t even had a problem at all with migraines lately.”
Richardson said he’s close to his ideal weight. He played around 230 pounds last season and wants to be about 7 lighter in his second year.
“I want to play at like 223. I’m 225 right now,” he said. “I want to stay at that as far as me being able to be more shifty like I was in college.”
Tight end Jordan Cameron pulled up and grabbed his left hamstring after catching a touchdown pass. He was stretched by trainers, had the hamstring wrapped and didn’t return to practice.
Cameron missed part of OTAs with a groin strain.
** Tight end Gary Barnidge continued his strong offseason with several catches, including a one-hander he tipped to himself.
** Rookie safety Jamoris Slaughter (knee), receiver Jordan Norwood (hamstring), receiver David Nelson (knee) and rookie offensive lineman Chris Faulk (knee) remained sidelined.
** Kicker Brandon Bogotay made kicks from 54 and 51 yards to complete two-minute drills. Shayne Graham missed wide right from 55 yards and was good from 46.
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