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Richardson to play against Lions Thursday

Posted Aug 13, 2013

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson will play in Thursday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson will play during the team’s second
 preseason game Thursday against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium.

“We will play Trent, give him a couple series and then, we’ll go from there,” coach Rob Chudzinski said. “We just wanted to sit down, talk through and confirm things with the staff, with everything that we are doing. We want to be on the same page with the plan, more than anything.”

Richardson missed the preseason opener, a 27-19 win over the St. Louis Rams, last Thursday evening. He spent the early part of training camp working his way back to full strength after suffering a leg injury during organized team activities (OTAS) that cost him the opportunity to participate in minicamp.

Chudzinski informed Richardson of the decision Tuesday, and the first-year coach said he did not receive hug, but “I got a smile.”

“You want guys to want to play,” Chudzinski said. “Trent wants to play. At the same time, he trusts us enough that we will make the right decisions of putting him in a position that he will be ready to play opening day.”

“I take it one day at a time,” Richardson said following Monday’s practice. “You’ve got to look long-term. At times, you’re like, ‘Man, I want to be in there,’ but at the same time, Coach has got the best idea for me.

“If it’s best for me to be out there at a certain time, or if he thinks a team is going to pound the middle or stack the outside, whatever he studies on the film or I study on the film, it’s up to him. I’m behind him 100 percent. When it comes to September, I know I’ll be ready.”

Although he missed the preseason game, Richardson paid close attention to the offense. The Browns’ first-team offense scored 10 points combined in their only two drives of the night.

“I was happy with them,” Richardson said. “There was a lot to be done and a lot that we’ve got to work on, but as far as right now, I’m not satisfied, but I was happy for them. It’s a long road to where we want to be at, a long road to where we want to get to.”