BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns are going through minicamp and putting the wraps on their offseason work without running back Trent Richardson, but Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Tuesday the team expects to have Richardson back for training camp.
The second-year runner has missed the last two-plus weeks with a strained muscle in his leg, and the Browns have played it safe. They’d rather have him healthy in August and beyond, though Chudzinski said Richardson could be practicing this week.
“It’s real precautionary,” Chudzinski said.
Chudzinski said Richardson’s injury “is a strain right now and we don’t want it to get any worse than a strain.”
The Browns did not make Richardson available to the media following Tuesday’s minicamp practice. With the Browns set to open the preseason on Aug. 8, veterans will likely report to training camp on July 24 or 25.
Richardson missed training camp last year after having his knee scoped, then played with broken ribs during the season. He rushed for 950 yards and scored 11 touchdowns as a rookie in 15 games. With a new coaching staff in place Richardson is missing key reps, but he has enough power and talent that getting him healthy for the games that count is what truly matters.
“He’ll be able to make it up,” Chudzinksi said. “The key is that he needs to stay into it mentally and you’re seeing him getting mental reps and getting those types of things. He’s really stayed into it.”