If it wasn’t the Cleveland Browns, chances are, you wouldn’t believe it.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has confirmed that rookie running back Trent Richardson is scheduled to have a second knee surgery on Thursday. Wednesday morning, the talk was Richardson’s sore knee wasn’t a serious issue. But as the day progressed, that lack of serious concern was replaced with much more worrisome talk of visits to Dr. James Andrews. The procedure is being called minor, but it’s still his second time under the knife since his college season ended in January.
The former Alabama star has yet to have a carry in an NFL game, pre-season or otherwise, so it’s premature to start sounding alarms. But for a back projected to be Cleveland’s workhorse this season, it’s not the way to begin a career.
Richardson was coming off most draft boards in the third round. He could likely fall to the fourth round or later depending on how he progresses after the surgery.
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