Richardson to make preseason debut for Browns
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Trent Richardson doesn't have to wait and wonder any longer.
He's finally going to play for the Browns in an NFL exhibition game.
Cleveland's second-year star running back was thrilled to find out he'll play in Thursday night's preseason game against the Detroit Lions. Richardson was held out of last week's opener against St. Louis by coach Rob Chudzinski as a precaution because the former first-round pick was still recovering from a shin injury and the Browns didn't want to take any chances.
But following Tuesday's practice, the Browns' final one of training camp open to the public, Richardson was told by reporters that Chudzinski plans to use him for "a couple series."
"Oh, he told you I'm playing?" Richardson said, surrounded by media members standing near the goal post. "Hey, I'm surprised like y'all and I'm happy and I can't wait to get up out there."
Richardson missed the entire preseason as a rookie a year ago while recovering from knee surgery. He had hoped to play in all four games this summer, but the Browns took the safe route last week and rested him against the Rams.
Now, it's time to turn Richardson loose. He worked extensively with the starters during practice, and afterward Chudzinski announced Richardson will play this week. Not a lot, but some.
"I kind of had a feeling he was going to say yeah today because he had me going in there with starters today," Richardson said. "It felt good when I was out there and I'm happy coach told y'all I can play."
Richardson rushed for 950 yards last season despite playing most of the year with broken ribs. The Browns are eager to see what he can do in their revamped offense.
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