So much of this season's success for the Cleveland Browns on offense could rest on the shoulders of running back Trent Richardson. On Wednesday, I asked, "which injury would hurt the Browns the most?" I think that could be Richardson.
Despite playing through injured ribs for a good part of the 2012 season, he was not able to be the dynamic and electric player that he is capable of being. Injuries were a concern when Richardson was drafted, and when the media attended the second round of organized team activities on Thursday, they immediately took note of the fact that Richardson was sidelined. According to reports, Richardson was not practicing because he has a pulled shin muscle.
"It's precautionary," said Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski, when asked about Richardson's status. "We are holding him out. He may miss minicamp in a week and a half. I'm not sure, we'll just take it day-by-day."
The Browns have one more group of OTA sessions coming up from May 28-31. Mandatory minicamp takes place from June 4-6, which is almost two weeks from now. I don't think the concern here is that Richardson is missing these practices or minicamp. The bigger question that will be looming in fans' minds is whether injuries will be a recurring problem through Richardson's career or not? Will the Browns be rolling for a couple of games with Richardson, only to have him hurt something and then miss some action? Montario Hardesty reportedly took reps with the first-team offense on Thursday.
Tight end Jordan Cameron also missed practice, as he is dealing with a groin injury.