The Cleveland Browns hope rookie running back Trent Richardson can play in the team’s season-opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles, coach Pat Shurmur said Thursday.
Richardson, who graduated Escambia High School and played football at Alabama, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze. It was the second procedure on the knee in seven months.
“We anticipate that Trent will make a speedy recovery, and we are hopeful that he will be ready for our Week One game against Philadelphia,” Shurmur said.
Andrews repaired a torn meniscus in the knee in February. Swelling from that surgery caused Richardson to wear a protective sleeve during Browns’ organized team activities in May and June and caused him to get an MRI in Cleveland earlier this week. Those results led Richardson to seek a second opinion from Andrews.
The Browns selected Richardson third overall in April’s NFL draft and signed him to a four-year, $20.5 million contract.