The local media got a small taste of training camp today for the Cleveland Browns. While mostly rookies were present, a few other players were there as well, and head coach Rob Chudzinski spoke as well. The big news involved running back Trent Richardson.
I thought the status of Richardson -- whether he was ready-to-go or not -- would be the story that dominated Thursday's official opening of training camp to the public. Instead, Chudzinski stated that Richardson has been attending camp with the rookies for the past few days and has been "a full go." Players who were injured during the offseason programs were permitted to report to camp early, so that is the category that Richardson falls in. Rookie sixth-round safety Jamoris Slaughter has also been practicing, presumably without restriction.
Two players will open up camp on the physically unable to perform list: WR David Nelson and OT Chris Faulk. I'm not surprised to hear about Faulk, as it was previously speculated that he would not be ready for the start of camp. I still think he will ultimately end up on the injured reserve, just so he can be stashed away for a year.
Nelson starting on the PUP is a little surprising, considering a month ago he stated that he felt he would be ready for training camp. It's hard to get a vibe on Nelson at this point in time: he could be very close, and can be activated at any time, which wouldn't be too big of a deal. The longer he remains on the PUP, though, means more reps for the likes of Jordan Norwood, Josh Cooper, and Tori Gurley at the start of camp.