Trent Richardson: I'm not injury prone
BEREA, Ohio (AP)
Richardson did not practice again Thursday because of a strained muscle in his lower right leg that could sideline him for an extended period.
As his teammates went through the final session of organized team activities under first-year coach Rob Chudzinski, Richardson worked on his conditioning off to the side. It wasn't his choice.
''It ain't no biggie,'' said Richardson, who sustained the injury recently while running during practice. ''It ain't nothing to worry about. I could be out there, but they want to be cautious about it to make sure I'm healthy and be right for camp.''
Richardson also missed last week's workouts and Chudzinski said there's a chance the second-year back could miss next month's minicamp. Richardson said the only pain he feels is not being on the field. With quotes
''It's terrible,'' he said. ''It's hard to watch. I tell coach every day I can put my helmet on and we laugh about it. But I know he means well.''
The injury doesn't appear to be serious, but Richardson's history of injuries has some wondering if he can stay healthy.
As a rookie, Richardson missed the exhibition season while recovering from knee surgery and played most of the year despite having two broken ribs. The first-round draft pick still managed to rush for 950 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Richardson is confident he will be able to stay on the field this season.
''It's not going to be like last year, being hurt and injured,'' he said. ''Injury prone is not going to be me. I just can't wait to get back out and running. "