According to a Tweet by Will Burge, @WillBurge, the Cleveland Browns are being cautious with Trent Richardson to hope to avoid the same scene as shown above of #33 being helped off the field with an injury. Richardson was held out of OTAs with what seemed like a small injury concern. Shutting him down until August raises much higher concerns for the team and the #3 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Burge reports the team is worried about this injury resulting in a stress facture
Concerns arose during the draft process related to Richardson’s injury history. While those concerns did not seem to impact his draft status, with Andrew Luck and RG3 ahead of him #3 was the highest he would be drafted, it was reported that his final grade on some teams boards was lowered due to these concerns. The Browns process led to the drafting of Richardson, even trading up 1 spot under ex-GM Tom Heckert to make sure no one jumped over the Browns to select him (rumored to be Tampa Bay who selected Doug Martin near the end of Round 1).
Last year Richardson seemed to prove these concerns to be valid suffering through a number of injuries both big and small. Whether his chest, knee or ankle #33’s rookie season was severely limited. The hope was that an off-season of rest as well as the care and advice of the team’s medical staff would ensure Richardson came to camp healthy. This is not the case and Browns fans can only hope that the time off before August will heal all of his problems. Cleveland fans may also need to seek out their Jobu doll from Major League fame.