Trent Richardson injury: Browns RB hopes to be 100 percent after bye

Matt Sullivan

The No. 3 overall pick says healed ribs will "make a big difference."

Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson hopes to be 100 percent healthy for when his team is back in action after its bye this week, according to the News-Herald's Jeff Schudel.

Richardson is nursing a rib injury, but he's still appeared in all nine games this season for the Browns:

"The bye week is going to be big for me concerning the rib injury," Richardson said before heading to Pensacola, Fla., for a few days. "It hasn't really been where I can 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. When they heal 100 percent - I don't know if it will be over this bye week - but whenever they do, it's going to be a whole 'nother Trent."

Richardson is averaging 63.9 yards per game this season. He's carried the ball 152 times for 575 yards and five touchdowns. He also has 31 catches for 240 yards and a score.

Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, missed the entire preseason because of arthroscopic knee surgery.

The 21-year-old out of Alabama is projected to rush for 1,022 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

After this weekend's bye, the Browns will travel to play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 18. The Browns will enter the game with a 2-7 overall record. The Cowboys, who play the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, are 3-5.

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