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Cleveland rookie tailback Trent Richardson was unable to finish out his team's Week 16 game after suffering an ankle injury.
While Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com reported that Richardson's X-rays proved to be negative for a broken ankle, the star running back was still spotted with his left foot in a walking boot after Sunday's game. The initial outlook did not appear promising after Richardson was unable to leave the field under his own power, but the talented runner looks to have avoided a much more serious injury.
Though The Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot indicated that backup quarterback Colt McCoy may have fallen on Richardson's ankle late in the contest, it's interesting that Richardson was even in the game at all with his team down by multiple scores late in the fourth quarter. The rookie tailback still finished the day with 53 yards rushing on nine carries, marking just the second time all season where he finished a game with less than 10 attempts. Now exactly 50 rushing yards away from reaching the 1,000-yard benchmark for his position, Richardson's status for Week 17 remains in question following Sunday's injury.