Richardson prepares for Colts

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Despite missing parts of last week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, running back Trent Richardson was back at practice in a limited capacity on Wednesday and Thursday.

Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson rushed for 37 yards on 14 carries, but left last Sunday’s 34-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium with what is listed as a chest/rib injury on this week’s practice report.

Richardson was in and out of the lineup for the remainder of the game and was replaced by Montario Hardesty, who rushed for 56 yards and one touchdown on 15 attempts.

Despite the injury, Richardson was back at practice on Wednesday and participated on a limited basis again on Thursday afternoon in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“It’s day-to-day right now, but I’m feeling pretty good though,” Richardson said. “I was able to do everything, little-by-little. It’s going to be day-to-day, step-by-step. It’s getting better every day. In my head, I’m going to be ready for Sunday.

“I’m still going to play physical and play hard-nosed football, smash-mouth football. That’s what I was brought up to do and that’s how I know how to play football. In my mind, I definitely want to be out there. I want to be out there with my team and I want to be out there fighting and playing every down with them. In my head, most definitely, I’m playing.”

Richardson had rushed for a touchdown in the four previous games before the win over Cincinnati and was the first Browns rookie to ever accomplish the feat. He is among the league leaders in points scored (seventh) and in the top five in several categories among first-year players with 30 points scored (tied for second), 22 receptions (second), 526 scrimmage yards (second), 340 rushing yards (third), and 20 first downs (tied for second).

The Colts enter this game after giving up 252 rushing yards to the New York Jets in a 35-9 loss last weekend. Indianapolis surrendered 161 yards and three touchdowns to Shonn Greene and another 71 to Joe McKnight on three carries.

“They’ve got a good defense and the Jets had a lot of success, but we’ve got to make sure we do not do the exact same things, but we’ve got to do something better, much better than what the Jets did to win this ball game,” Richardson said. “We’re still a work-in-progress. They’re working for everything, too. They’re out there just like we are and they’re making sure they’re doing everything they can to stop us. For us, we’ve just got to make sure we get a lot of penetration and run through each gap we can get.”

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