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Richardson, Weeden are being evaluated

Posted Dec 24, 2012

After suffering injuries in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos, Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden were being evaluated.

The Cleveland Browns finished Sunday’s 34-12 loss at the Denver Broncos without quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson.

Weeden suffered a right shoulder injury when he was sacked by Denver outside linebacker Von Miller in the third quarter. Richardson suffered an ankle injury when he was rolled up while standing in the pocket to help block for Colt McCoy.

“We got banged up a little bit and so, we’re still evaluating those injuries,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “In the case of Trent, it involved his ankle. The X-Rays didn’t show a break, but we haven’t finished up the evaluation. He was actually feeling better today, so we’ll see how that goes. With Brandon, it was his right shoulder. At this point, it’s a sprain. We’ll just see where that goes.”

Shurmur said he “wouldn’t rule them out yet” for this Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. However, he did acknowledge Richardson’s history of ankle troubles in high school.

“I want to see if (Trent) can come back and play,” Shurmur said. “I think it’s important that if guys are physically able to play, they play. That’s the competitive nature of this game.

“We’re going to evaluate him as we go. We’ll have to see where he’s at as we move forward. We’re going to do what we can to win this football game. We are going to consider their health. I don’t want any of them to get hurt.”

Prior to the injury, Richardson rushed for 53 yards on nine carries. He also caught three of the four passes thrown his way and gained 15 receiving yards in the loss. His 5.9 yards-per-rush average against the Broncos was more than two yards above his season average of 3.5.

“I thought he ran the ball well,” Shurmur said. “He had a couple of runs where they could’ve been lost-yardage plays and he made nice gains out of it. I thought he ran the ball well. You’d love to have him involved running it throughout, but when you get in a two-minute drill, when you get down by three scores, the game changes.”

When the Browns elected to throw the football, Shurmur saw “a pretty efficient game” from Weeden, who completed 12 of 19 attempts for 104 yards against Denver.

“He was getting rid of the football against a pretty good rush and then, when he got hit, it was a hot throw,” Shurmur said. “We’ve got to get rid of the football there. For the most part, I thought he was pretty good with his throws.”

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