Browns’ Richardson Back in Business

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Browns running back Trent Richardson practices with the team for the first time since having knee surgery on August 9. (Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns are under a week away from their first game of the regular season and home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and it looks like they will have their first round draft pick, Trent Richardson, in the backfield.

Richardson practiced with the team for the first time since minor knee surgery August 9. Coach Pat Shurmur has been hopeful that Richardson would start Week One, and he said he should be the starter.

“If he’s ready to go, he’ll be our starter,” Shurmur said.

Cornerback Joe Haden, who could potentially face suspension for testing positive for a NFL banned substance, refused to comment on whether or not he will face suspension. He did say, however, this could be his best year yet.

“I feel like this is the best I’ve played cornerback in my life,” Haden said.

Haden also commented on Richardson’s return. He said the running back can be All-Pro this year if he stays healthy.

Running back Brandon Jackson said Richardson looks as good as new.

“He will be the starter,” Jackson said.

Montario Hardesty also commented on the fellow back’s return.

“It will only make our running game stronger,” Hardesty said.

Monday was the first day the Browns implemented a game plan specific for the Eagles. Coach Shurmur said the team will practice in pads on Thursday of each week. The team is sporting 15 rookies on the 53-man roster, so there is a lot to learn as the season progresses. The team is hopeful its young players can deliver.

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