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Richardson shows his toughness

Posted Jan 3, 2013

By playing through multiple injuries this season, running back Trent Richardson showed his toughness and ability to cope with pain.

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson finished his rookie season with 950 rushing yards, 367 yards receiving, 12 total touchdowns and at least a share of six franchise records for first-year players. He also ended his rookie season with one knee surgery, a high-ankle sprain and broken ribs.

Richardson had issues with his knee in training camp and had a minor procedure done by Dr. James Andrews on Aug. 9, but was able to make it back for the team’s season-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9. Then, he suffered the injured ribs in a 34-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 14.

In the team’s second-to-last game of the year, Richardson suffered a high-ankle sprain when blocking for quarterback Colt McCoy against the Denver Broncos.

“My knee never gave me a problem; I was good with my knee,” Richardson said. “My ribs were broken, and it’s tough playing like that. It’s real tough playing like that and I’m the type of guy that when anything is hurting and I feel I can play, I play. I played the whole season like that. Talking with Jim Brown and a lot of other guys, they were like, ‘I don’t know how you’re doing it.’ To go a whole season like that and have the type of season that I had on the receiving end and blocking end, I don’t think it was that bad.

“You know how I am, and that’s one thing I do not ever want to do, miss a game or sit out a game due to injury. I feel that if my legs aren’t broken, I can run.”

For the ribs to heal completely, Richardson disclosed that doctors said it would take about three to four more weeks.

“I still really can’t lay flat or on my side, but it’s going to come around,” Richardson said. “I know I’ll be healthy before next season. I’ll be back right in training camp, OTAs, and you’ll see me back skinny again. I won’t have that vest on. I’m going to have a protector, but not a big vest. I’ll be back to what I know, hard-nosed football, smash-mouth football and where I come from, that’s the way we play ball.”

Knee surgery caused Richardson missed most of training camp, as well as the entire preseason. His first week of running came just prior to the matchup against the Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Richardson said a full training camp with his teammates in 2013 is “going to do us justice.”

“It’s going to be real good,” Richardson said. “I didn’t have time to catch up with timing. I just had to go out there under fire and just play football, no training camp. With our linemen and my timing, I think it’s big because that first game, they didn’t know what my game speed was and really, that was my first week back running. I just went out there and played.”

Richardson’s instincts proved to be good, as he rushed for more yards, touchdowns and points than anyone in team history. His 11 rushing touchdowns and 12 overall scores, 950 rushing yards, 1,317 total yards and 72 points were all Browns rookie records. He also tied William Green (2002) for the most 100-yard games by a Browns rookie, three.

After rushing for nearly 1,000 yards and finishing in the top 10 in the league in points scored, Richardson feels 2013 will be an even better season.

“It’s going to be a good year,” Richardson said. “It’s going to be one of the biggest years y’all have seen for a running back. I know I’m talking big, but that’s just my goal, my expectation. You’ve got to realize, I’m a man that came from nothing and I’m trying to make something out of myself.”