Richardson comments at inaccurate injury report
CLEVELAND – A day after not talking to reporters, Browns running back Trent Richardson responded to reports that his leg injury is more serious than originally thought.
Richardson has been sidelined from offseason practices with what has been termed a lower leg strain. He isn’t participating in the current minicamp but he says he’ll be ready to go when training camp opens in late July.
Richardson has grown weary of the media conjecture. He agrees with the decision to rest the injury, adding that he could play this week if the regular season was underway.
“I’m looking for the day when I’ll be back out here with the fellows and actually getting into it with them and practicing,” Richardson said Wednesday. “I’m doing a lot on the outside looking in.
“With all the stuff going on that you have this going on and you have that; some of that stuff I sit back and laugh at. It’s kind of funny to me when I hear it.”
Richardson stressed that the injury isn’t worse than what the team has reported.
“Coach (Rob Chudzinski) has me out for precautionary reasons,” he said. “It’s not that big to worry about. I said two weeks ago that I might miss the three-day camp. There are only certain things you can control. I agree with everything coach is doing. It’s going to be better for me, the team and everybody.”
MORE TRENT: Another report stated that Richardson has lost weight because the medication he takes for migraine headaches has curtailed the amount of time he’s had in the weight room. He revealed that he has taken medicine to control migraines since his youth, but he hasn’t lost weight. He actually wants to lose weight before training camp so he can play at his college weight of 225.
“As far as weightlifting, I can outlift anyone in the weight room,” he said. “I don’t know where they’re coming up with these reports about migraines. I haven’t had a problem at all with migraines lately.”
NO CONCERN: Receiver Josh Gordon left the practice field to ride on a stationary bike for a short time during practice. Gordon returned to practice.
Tight end Jordan Cameron appeared to stretch his left hamstring. Trainers worked on Cameron, who never left the field.
MOVIE BUFF: Tight end Gary Barnidge is a big fan of movies and would like to eventually become a movie critic. Former teammate Dante Rosario and Barnidge started the website “moviegameplan.com” to write reviews.
Barnidge’s favorite movie is Forrest Gump.
“Any time it comes on TV, I have to sit down and watch it, no matter what I’m doing,” Barnidge said.
CAMPING OUT: Quarterback Jason Campbell continues to perform well. He’s had success throwing to receivers Josh Cooper and Travis Benjamin. Benjamin caught a deep pass for a touchdown on a pass by Campbell that was slightly underthrown. It appears that backup quarterback Brian Hoyer might be a solid choice for the third spot on the depth chart. Hoyer completed several difficult passes Wednesday, including a beautiful touch throw to Cooper in the back corner of the end zone. Collectively, quarterbacks Brandon Weeden, Campbell and Hoyer look much more accurate than last season’s trio of Weeden, Colt McCoy and Thaddeus Lewis. Linebacker Quentin Groves showed a strong pass-rush maneuver to zip by an offensive tackle on a pass play. It would have been an easy sack.