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Browns vs. Redskins: Trent Richardson apologizes to fans for ugly loss

Cleveland's rookie running back expressed remorse over the way the team played in their final home game of the season.

Jason Miller

The Cleveland Browns entered Sunday's game vs. the Washington Redskins riding a four-game winning streak, but it was snapped in a 38-21 blowout loss to a Redskins team piloted by a rookie making his first ever start in the NFL. The team didn't play well on either side of the ball, and after the game rookie running back Trent Richardson apologized to the team's fans.

"Today we let ourselves down and we let the whole city of Cleveland down -- especially, the season-ticket holders," Richardson said, "I feel for bad for them and I want to say as a man, I just want to come to them and apologize because this was the last home game. We're supposed to go out with a blast. It was a big ballgame and we didn't do what we were supposed to do."

(via Cleveland.com)

Richardson himself had an up-and-down day. He broke Jim Brown's franchise rookie rushing touchdowns record early in the game by totaling his 10th rushing TD of the season and added onto that with another later in the game. But he also only carried the ball 11 times and just for 28 yards, which is how much of Richardson's rookie season has gone.

On the year, Richardson is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry, but can hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark with a few solid games to round out the season. Richardson currently has 897 yards rushing, but will face two teams in the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers that have been two of the stingiest rush defense in the NFL this season.

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