Highly touted Alabama running back Trent Richardson might miss his NFL debut this week against the Detroit Lions. On Tuesday, Richardson skipped practice and was seen with his left leg wrapped. This offseason, the Alabama product had what was deemed, minor surgery on his knee. Richardson told reporters, “It was a little scope.”
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that Richardson might sit this week. “There’s a chance he won’t play on Friday. He’s got a sore knee and he’s being evaluated. I’m always concerned about injuries. He’s been practicing well. We’ll just have to see where he is.”
In all seriousness, if Richardson does sit, it won’t have an effect on his role as the Browns starting tailback heading into the 2012 season. As a precaution, it might be best for him to skip the team’s first game of the preseason and fully recover. The minor prcedure it what caused Richardson to not fully participate in the NFL Combine this spring.
Richardson was the third player chosen overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.