Richardson to rest, prepare

Posted Nov 6, 2012

Browns running back Trent Richardson plans on using the bye week to rest his ribs and prepare for the rest of the regular season.

Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson has a simple goal when he looks at the seven games that follow this week’s bye: “To win.”

For Richardson, that is far more important than any individual accomplishments.

“If it’s a 100-yard game, it’s a 100-yard game,” he said. “If it’s a 50-yard game, it’s a 50-yard game, as long as we’re winning, as long as we’re doing everything we can fundamentally to put ourselves in a better situation to win the game.

“I’m very excited about these last seven games because we can make a big difference, especially when people think about the Cleveland Browns. We can write our own story right here, a big chapter right here with what we demand on this team and what we want our season to end like.”

Richardson said players are “very encouraged” after the team’s 25-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. The Browns ended the first quarter trailing, 14-0, but took a 15-14 lead with nearly nine minutes left in the fourth quarter before Baltimore’s Torrey Smith scored to allow the Ravens to regain the lead.

“We were down, 14-0, and we came all the way back,” Richardson said. “We scored points and just stayed in the moment. We fought and stayed in the heat of the moment. We made sure they were going to remember who they were playing. We were going to do everything we could to win. We did everything we could and we fought.”

Richardson knows about fighting through adversity.

Despite suffering a rib injury in the team’s 34-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 14, Richardson twice rushed for more than 100 yards in a single game. First, he gained 122 yards with a 26-yard touchdown on 24 carries in a 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers. Then, he rushed for 105 yards on 25 attempts last week against the Ravens.

Richardson, who has rushed for 575 yards and five touchdowns on 152 attempts, will take the opportunity to rest during the team’s bye week, while still preparing for the remaining seven games of the regular season.

“This bye week’s going to be big for me, as far as having the rib injury,” Richardson said. “It hasn’t been where I could be at 100 percent yet, so, I’m waiting for that moment. Whenever my ribs do heal, it’s going to make a big difference. Whenever it does, there will be a whole other Trent out there.”

Even with the injury, Richardson ranks among the top five first-year players in several statistical categories.

He is tied for second in scoring (36 points), second with 31 receptions, as well as third with 815 total yards, first downs (31) and rushing yards (575). His 240 receiving yards rank seventh in the league.

After hearing Richardson say there will be a whole different running back in the second half of the season, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said, “That’s awesome.”

“I see a young man that’s a rookie that’s fighting through an NFL season,” Shurmur said. “Sometimes, that deals with playing with injury, illness, what have you. And I see a guy that realizes he physically can get a little better and he knows it will help his performance, so, that’s good. I hope he gets better.”

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