BEREA—One of the most anticipated debuts for a Browns player is looking more and more like a reality come Sunday.
Trent Richardson was full go at practice as the Browns began their preparation for the Eagles in the season opener this Sunday.
Richardson spoke after practice for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Aug. 9. He was asked if he was going to be ready to play.
“I’m day to day,” he said. “In my mind, I am.”
He then hedged a little.
“I think coach knows best,” he said. “if he doesn’t think I’m ready, that will be the only reason to hold me out.”
The Browns hadn’t sent out their official injury report by 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Richardson cleared up a couple of issues. He said the surgery had nothing to do with the surgery he had on his left knee in February after helping Alabama win the national title. He said he wasn’t injured from a hit.
“It is a whole ‘nother ball game,” he said. “It’s a whole different surgery.”
He said he was running full speed still when the decision was made to have the procedure done.
“Really, I felt a little nick,” he said. “I was still running full speed and could’ve played the first preseason game. The pain could’ve got worse and worse and it could’ve affected me for the regular season. Coach didn’t want that to happen.”
Richardson feels the rest he had over the last month might end up being a blessing in disguise.
“I feel a major difference,” he said. “I have fresh legs and am ready to go.
“It’s just a minor setback for a major comeback,” he said. “I don’t look at it as a downer.”
He said he has no worries.
“Nothing worries me at all,” he said. “I am very confident in my knee. The coaches will put me in the right situations. I can tell a big difference and there is not going to be a problem.
Richardson said he will lobby with the coaches, if need be, to play.
“If I feel it’s 100 percent and I’m ready to go I’m going to tell the coach ‘I’m ready to go’”.