CLEVELAND—The one thing that can be said about the Browns is that things are never dull.
On the day the team is set for a ‘Family Fun Night’ at Cleveland Browns Stadium news broke that running back Trent Richardson was going to see world-renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Florida.
In addition to the reports on Richardson, news broke on ESPNCleveland.com that cornerback Joe Haden tested positive for a banned substance and could be facing a four-game suspension.
Richardson sat out of Tuesday’s practice with a “sore knee” according to Browns’ Head Coach Pat Shurmur. On Wednesday afternoon, Shurmur issued a statement that said Richardson would be flying to Florida to visit Dr. Andrews, who performed the surgery to Richardson’s left knee on Feb. 3 to repair meniscus damage.
“Trent Richardson is traveling to Pensacola, Fla., where he will have his left knee further evaluated by Dr. James Andrews (Thursday),” Shurmur stated.
Immediately, Twitter feed rumors started to abound that Richardson’s injury was far worse than what was first thought.
However, Chris Mortensen of ESPN posted on his Twitter account that Richardson was scheduled for arthroscopic surgery to clean up loose particles of cartilage on Thursday. He said Richardson should be back by the season opener, if not sooner. He also added it is “considered a proactive minor procedure, a ‘hang nail particle’ “, not related to his prior meniscus repair.
Another report said the estimated recovery time was about two weeks. Although Richardson has not been yet ruled out of the first preseason game, it is doubtful he will play against the Lions and possibly most of the preseason. Montario Hardesty is expected to start in his place.
According to ESPNCleveland.com, Haden failed a routine, off-season test as the prescription drug Adderall, which is classified as a stimulant and is a banned substance by the NFL. The last player to test positive for Adderall was Giants’ safety Tyler Sash, who received a four-game suspension. If true, Haden can appeal the suspension.
The Browns thus far had no comment on the Haden report, but if it is true the Browns could be without four projected starters on defense to start the season. Defensive tackle Phil Taylor is expected to miss at least the first part of the season with a pectoral injury, while linebacker Chris Gocong was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Linebacker Scott Fujita is slated to miss the first three games as part of the Saints bounty scandal.