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Browns vs. Cowboys: Trent Richardson returns from bye week near 100 percent

Browns running back Trent Richardson said he's close to being 100% after suffering a rib injury last month.

David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Browns running back Trent Richardson says he's nearly 100 percent after the bye week, and is ready to play on Sunday when the Browns take on the Dallas Cowboys, according to The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich:

"I’m back, recharged, man," said Richardson, who’s also dealing with an injured finger but fully participated in practice Wednesday. "I’m not 100 percent, but I’m there. I’m fairly there. That break did me justice. I’m back. My mind-set is at the point where I need to just explode off the scene right now. For my ribs, I have no problems doing most of the stuff I was doing two weeks ago. I’m not 100 percent, but I am still working on it, and I’ll get to 100 percent soon hopefully."

Richardson damaged his rib cartilage on Oct. 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals and has been playing through the pain for the past month. The pain hasn't seemed to slow him down much, though, as he ripped off two straight 100 yard rushing performances before the bye week.

Richardson has 575 yards on 152 carries on the season, which computes to a disappointing 3.8 yards per carry. It's possible that he's finally shaking off his disappointing early season form, but it should be noted that Richardson missed the entire preseason after undergoing knee surgery in August. The Cowboys should present a decent test, as they're in the upper half of the league in terms of rush defense.

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