BEREA – Browns running back Trent Richardson didn’t practice today after getting kicked in the shin Thursday, but said he’s fine and the coaches are just giving him a couple of days of rest.
“Ain’t no problem,” Richardson said. “Ain’t nothing, but he was just resting me a little bit and saying I was running a lot and it’s August.”
Richardson sat out part of the OTAs and minicamp with a muscle strain in his right shin. That’s the same shin that was kicked Thursday.
“Yeah, I got kicked. But football is football,” he said. “Ain’t no kick going to stop me from running. I might get kicked two years from now and I might have that same thing. It ain’t nothing to be worried about. Coach said it was already in the game plan for me to be scheduled to rest these next two days, I think he said. But I’ll be back out here Monday, whenever he said I would be back.”
Richardson, who has had a strong start to camp, will likely sit out Family Night on Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium. But he has no doubts he’ll be ready for the preseason opener Thursday against the Rams.
“I’m going to play in all of them,” he said. “Coach knows that if it was a preseason game tomorrow or today, I’d be playing in it. If we were playing in the Hall of Fame game right now, I’d be playing in the game.
“It doesn’t matter. I’m playing in every game this year. That’s my word, and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s my goal.”
Other notes and highlights from practice:
Former Browns president Mike Holmgren was a surprise guest at practice. He chatted with owner Jimmy Haslam, CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi.
Holmgren wasn’t retained after Haslam and Banner took over last fall.
“Actually I just came in for the Hall of Fame,” Holmgren said. “Hope to see (Bill) Parcells and (Warren) Sapp and Cris Carter and all of those guys that I coached against all those years.
“I was driving by the facility and I thought practice would be over and I was going to sneak in, just going to sneak in and sneak out.”
Holmgren said he’s living in California and doing some Seattle radio. But he misses the game “tremendously.”
** Receiver David Nelson didn’t practice after tweaking his surgically repaired knee Thursday. Coach Rob Chudzinski said Nelson felt better today and is day-to-day.
** Safety T.J. Ward (hamstring), running back Montario Hardesty (hamstring tendon), tight end Brad Smelley (hamstring), cornerback Trevin Wade (tightness), offensive lineman Oniel Cousins (ankle), offensive lineman Ryan Miller (concussion) and fullback Brock Bolen (calf) didn’t practice.
** Free safety Tashaun Gipson (shoulder) returned to team drills in a limited role. He came up gingerly after an awkward landing on his ankle, but appeared fine running off the field after practice.
** Punter T.J. Conley shanked the first attempt of a special teams drill into the crowd and almost out of the facility.
** Former Browns defensive lineman Michael Dean Perry watched practice and talked to the defensive linemen.
** Union chief DeMaurice Smith and broadcaster Jim Nantz attended practice.
** Jason Pinkston worked at right guard with the first team and John Greco at left guard. Shawn Lauvao was the second-team center.
** Rookie kicker Brandon Bogotay went 3-for-4 on field goals in the two-minute drill, as veteran Shayne Graham got the day off.