Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson has seemingly been battling injuries since the first day that he put on a Browns uniform, and that battle continues. Richardson sat out the Browns OTA on Thursday with a pulled muscle in his shin, an injury that could keep him out until training camp.
"It's precautionary. We're holding him out," first-year Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "We've got minicamp in a week and a half. He may miss that. I'm not sure. We'll take it day by day."
The Browns' mandatory minicamp runs June 4-6. If Richardson can't go then, he wouldn't get another opportunity to practice with the team until Cleveland begins training camp in July. The Browns also have another OTA session that runs May 28-31.
Expect the Browns to be cautious with Richardson, who suffered several injuries in 2012. The Browns' third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft had a knee scope in August that caused him to miss the 2012 preseason. Richardson then broke several ribs during a Week 6 win against the Bengals before sitting out the Browns' season finale against Pittsburgh with a sprained ankle.
If Richardson can't go during minicamp, that will mean more reps for Cleveland's large stable of backs that includes: Montario Hardesty, Chris Ogbonnaya, Dion Lewis, Brandon Jackson and the recently added Miguel Maysonet.