The Cleveland Browns continue to deal with bad news this training camp. It was reported yesterday that running back Trent Richardson would possibly miss Friday’s preseason opener, but now it has been confirmed that he will be heading to Florida to meet with the renowned Dr. James Andrews.
The problem, of course, is his left knee, which he had microscopic surgery on back in February. Now, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Richardson will likely undergo arthroscopic surgery to clean up a loose particle of cartilage. It’s considered a minor surgery, but that won’t do anything to stifle the fears of Browns fans.
The good news is that Richardson isn’t expected to miss much time and can likely be expected back well before the regular season begins, but surgery – no matter how “minor” it is – has to be met with some caution. That goes double for a running back and his knees.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, cornerback Joe Haden is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall, a prescription drug used against attention deficit disorder, narcolepsy, tiredness and more. However, it is a banned substance in the NFL and could force Haden to sit out.
The Browns and Haden have declined to comment on the matter, but losing him would be a major blow to a defense that is already dealing without defensive tackle Phil Taylor and linebackers Chris Gocong and Scott Fujita.
It was a tough day in Cleveland, yes, but let the dust settle first before calling this season a wash. It’s hard not to wonder, though, who exactly wronged this city so much to garner such constant sports punishment.