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Browns vs. Cowboys: Healthier Trent Richardson should carry the offense

The Cleveland Browns will be looking to get Trent Richardson more touches after having the bye week to rest up and get healthy.

David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson has dealt with multiple injuries this season, but after the bye week he is nearly fully healthy and the Browns plan on getting him the ball more often.

"In our game plans we have ways for him to run the ball inside, off tackle, outside the defense and then you see we run them on wide routes out of the backfield as part of a progression," head coach Pat Shurmur said on Thursday, indicating he would find ways to get Richardson the ball in space.

Richardson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 9, 2012 and was not 100 percent healthy at the start of the season. He then suffered a rib cartilage injury on Oct. 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals. On Wednesday Richardson fully participated in practice and said he was not 100 percent, but he was close and the healthiest he's felt all season.

Over the last two weeks Richardson's production has improved, rushing for 122 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers on Oct. 28 and rushing for 105 yards with 31 yards receiving against the Ravens on Nov. 4. Shurmur said he was looking forward to seeing Richardson compete on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

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