(NEW YORK) — The Cleveland Browns were hoping that rookie running back Trent Richardson would help usher in a new era of Browns football. That new era might be put on hold temporarily as Richardson will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery.
Richardson will have the procedure to remove a “hang nail particle” of loose cartilage that is irritating his left knee. That small particle will be “cleaned up” by the infamous Dr. James Andrews.
The good news for Browns fans is that Richardson isn’t expected to miss any time during the regular reason, but his entire preseason is in question. According to ESPN.com, Richardson is capable of playing through the injury, but it was agreed upon by Richardson and the team to have the surgery before the season starts.
In April, the Browns traded up to draft Richardson out of Alabama third overall.
Last season at Alabama, Richardson ran for 1,679 yards and scored 24 touchdowns.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN