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Trent Richardson injury: Browns RB probable Sunday with illness

Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson will likely play against the Redskins on Sunday despite recently being added to the injury report with an illness.

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The Cleveland Browns have added running back Trent Richardson to the injury report with an illness, but the rookie is probable for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

Cleveland has reportedly been looking to reduce Richardson's role due to bouts of ineffectiveness. While Richardson will likely be available for action, the illness could give the Browns' coaching staff more of a reason to keep the running back on the sideline.

Richardson has 869 yards rushing and 9 touchdowns on the season, including two scores in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday. However, the rookie has a modest 3.5 yards per carry average on the year, while backup running back Montario Hardesty is at 4.7 yards per carry. The poor yards per carry average is something the Browns did not anticipate when they traded up from No. 4 to No. 3 in the 2012 NFL Draft in order to draft Richardson.

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