Archive for the ‘Trent Richardson’ Category

If a player — any player at all, at any position — is going to do something productive and contribute in any way whatsoever, there’s one essential piece of equipment he needs to wear. No, not a cup, although that’s highly recommended.

It’s a helmet. In a game where head beatings are commonplace, modern technology has done wonders to guard the head and the brain matter inside. So when a player isn’t wearing his helmet and is instead stylin’ with a hat on while standing and doing nothing on the sideline, that’s not ideal for your fantasy bottom line.

Feel the pain, Trent Richardson owners.

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Trent Richardson owners held their breath for a few moments Sunday after the Browns running back left Cleveland’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with what some were calling a “flank” injury. Although the team tweeted that his return was probable, Richardson didn’t return, finishing with 37 yards on 14 carries.

Thankfully, after undergoing an MRI today, it looks like the news on Richardson is far better than the doom surrounding DeMarco Murray.

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Firstly, there’s something I need to do before getting too deep into the first Sunday post of a new season…




Alright, carrying on then. Let’s begin in earnest by saying that the title of this post is a partial lie. The prediction below inherently isn’t a truth, and instead it’s a partial truth, or a possible truth. It’s a prediction based on observations and very educated guessing, but nonetheless it could result in me eating a healthy diet of crow. Pigeon may have to suffice, because recent events involving traffic incidents have convinced me that our agreement with the pigeons is no longer valid, and crow wasn’t available for purchase at the local mini mart last night.

Whether or not I’m eventually laughably wrong is of lesser concern. Well, it is to me at least, because I’m more than happy to be the village jester pelted with sharp objects for your entertainment. Each week we’ll do this exercise in the hours before kickoff so that together we’ll walk through and explore a difficult roster decision. This week, our subject is Trent Richardson, and while he’ll produce average, serviceable numbers, there will be very little sex appeal with his Week 1 output…

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The risk of another neck injury for Peyton Manning is actually low. But that doesn't mean he's safe.

Safety is an elusive, nearly extinct creature in fantasy football. We want the guys who won’t get injured on our team, but then all the guys who were supposed to stay healthy sustain all of the injuries, and you’re left as the proud owner of Jamaal Charles or Darren McFadden, both of whom were cursed by the mighty hand of injury death early last year.

Drafts are over now, so you’re aware of the frailty of a reliance on non-frailty. That very subject — the matter of injury proneness, and if a player really is or isn’t injury prone — was recently the center of an interesting discussion around the online fantasy community. Jene Bramel, a pediatrician and an injury expert who provides analysis of all the strains and tears around the league for the Football Guys, argued that while the instinct to be hesitant with someone like McFadden is understandable given his recent history, classifying him as an injury threat is often arbitrary, and is based on the assumption that there’s a pattern connected to a completely random and sudden event (a hit which causes an injury).

In a digital exchange to kick off what will become a weekly Wednesday post, I asked Bramel to expand on those thoughts, and whether or not medical research will ever reach a point where a player can legitimately be deemed injury prone. But first I picked his brain about a few of the primary injury concerns for fantasy owners as we continue to roll towards opening night, and the opening weekend.

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Oh man. I’d compare this day to Christmas Eve, or maybe even the day before St. Patty’s if you’re Irish and drinking is your thing, but neither of those events come close to the childlike giddiness we’re all experiencing right now.

You see, there was once a time when the excitement over the start of football season and, more importantly, fantasy football season was countered by the depression of school starting. There really was nothing worse than sitting down to the opening night game with the semester’s first algebra assignment watching, waiting, and taunting. Remember kids, math isn’t important, and you don’t need it to succeed in your future endeavors. Just look at me.

Now, though, for me and many others the distraction of education that will improve your future quality of life is long gone, so we can focus solely on wetting ourselves over the return of football, and go about the business of scrutinizing injuries and setting lineups for the week. Ahhh, bliss.

A little later on today we’ll have a full injury roundup, touching on the current status of all the major injuries that you’ll need to worry about this week. For now, let’s focus on Trent Richardson, mostly for selfish reasons because my excitement to watch him play has reached an unhealthy level. It’s to the point that I sort of want algebra homework so that I can procrastinate, and feel young again.

Richardson, of course, is the stud rookie Browns running back who — along with Brandon Weeden — is tasked with turning around a woefully inept franchise. Yeah, no biggie.

And he’ll be doing it after two knee surgeries since last January, the most recent one coming in the middle of training camp when he experienced swelling in his knee, and a scope was required. Immediately after that procedure was done, it was expected that he’d be ready for Week 1. After he returned to practice yesterday for the first time since Aug. 9, it’s looking like that’s still the case.

He wore a black protective sleeve on the injured knee during yesterday’s workout, but his participation wasn’t limited. Now throughout the week his knee will be monitored to see how it responds to the activity, and the contact.

Yesterday head coach Pat Shurmur said about as much as you’d expect a head coach to say on a Monday about a major injury, which was close to nothing. He didn’t disclose when a decision will be made on Richardson regarding his status for the Browns’ opener at home Sunday against Philadelphia, but he did say that if he’s deemed healthy enough to play, he’ll be the starter.

Quite appropriately on the first day of school, the sound you just heard was Richardson’s fantasy owners shrieking with delight, myself included.

From The Associated Press:

”If he’s ready to go, he will be our starter,” Shurmur said. ”Trent looked good. He was in team (drills). I knew he’d be out here and he did a good job. It was his first day back in practice, so we did what we could do. Trent looked healthy running around.”

Shurmur wouldn’t say when a decision will be made on Richardson making his pro debut .

”Each person is different when they come back from injury,” he said. ”We’ll see as we go. All along I’ve been hopeful that he’d be there.’

He’ll either play and go full throttle without being babied, or he’ll sit. Since the Browns have their only full-pad practice this week on Thursday, we’ll likely get a definitive word on Richardson by then, and if the latter and crappier option is the decision Shurmur rolls with and he sits the prized rookie (which seems unlikely), you’ll have plenty of time to make alternate plans.

Hopefully you handcuffed Montario Hardesty to Richardson if you didn’t have the opportunity to invest in another trustworthy and capable backup. Not to worry, though, because if you’re in a league with medium or shallow depth, Hardesty is surely still available.

But yeah, starting Hardesty is a pretty depressing way to begin the fantasy season. Like algebra depressing.

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Yesterday, we told you that Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson was visiting Dr. James Andrews to discuss possible surgery on his left knee to remove loose cartilage. Today, it’s being reported that he will, in fact, undergo arthroscopic surgery, and he could miss the entire preseason.

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Stay safe out there, Cleveland. Don’t go near any motorized vehicles, bridges, or Popsicles. Don’t ask why you can’t have Popsicles when you’re depressed, just don’t do it. Also, avoid sunlight and microwaves.

This was to be the season of hope in Cleveland with the infusion of youth powered by Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, and Josh Gordon. And hell, it probably still is, and this alarm could be little more than the kind of panic that’s become a reflex among Browns fans, which happens when your team has had only one winning season since 1999. An addiction to hope develops, and the slightest dose of your chosen potent drug leads to a euphoric high better than anything Walter White’s lab can offer.

Or at least I can only assume that’s the drug’s affect, because as I’ve written previously, I spent a few days in Cleveland last summer, and that town sort of seems to enjoy its Browns football. That’s why it may be difficult to get an elevator to the top of the city’s two buildings right now.

Richardson, the third overall pick in last April’s draft, is visiting Dr. Death James Andrews to have his knee injury evaluated, according to Jason La Canfora, and cornerback Joe Haden could be suspended four games if it’s determined that he violated the league’s policy on steroids and related substances.

Ahhh Browns, it’s good to have you back.

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