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Trent Richardson Injury: Browns RB Will Start Week 1 If He Plays

Speaking at a news conference on Monday afternoon, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said that Trent Richardson "looks healthy" in practice and he'll start on Sunday in the season opener if he's able to play. Shurmur is optimistic that the first round pick will be able to take the field (quotes via Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com):

I think each person is different when they come back from injury and you handle each injury separately. We’ll see as we go. All along I’ve been hopeful that he’d be there.

Richardson had surgery on his left knee on Aug. 9, but he's been progressing quickly in his rehab from the injury. If he's unable to go, Brandon Jackson and Montario Hardesty are the next two running backs on the depth chart for Cleveland. The Browns' top three backs have a combined 1,595 career rushing yards in the NFL.

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