By: Will Burge
Week to week progression – Running back Trent Richardson said there is a “big difference” in how he feels this week compared to last week at this time. Sunday he was benched after just eight carries because his injury limited his success. This week, against San Diego, he is hoping to make it through an entire game.
As other players were talking to the media I saw Richardson lift up his jersey and he had a very large wrap around his mid section. He left the locker room and when he returned the wrap was gone. This is obviously still an issue and I would not be surprised if Montario Hardesty received the majority of the workload for the third straight week.
Big 98 returns – Phil Taylor tore a pectoral muscle during the Browns off-season conditioning program and was placed on the physically unable to perform list in May. Well, the big man is back at practice and not a moment too soon. While the rookie defensive tackles, Billy Winn and John Hughes, have played well the defense is still ranked 24th in the NFL allowing 134 rushing yards per game.
Unfortunately, Taylor most likely won’t play this week. Pat Shurmur said the chances of him playing are “very low.” Taylor himself said that he thinks he should be back into game action in the “next two weeks hopefully.”
Pinkston out of hospital – The Browns’ second year guard Jason Pinkston was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lungs and spent the better part of a week in the hospital. He was released today and actually showed up at the practice facility to watch and be with his team.
There is no timetable on his return because he will now have to be on blood thinners for an extended period of time. This is certainly the type of thing that can cut a young players career short. For now, however, Pinkston is doing well and supporting his team.
Fujita out for the year – Pat Shurmur said today that Scott Fujita will be placed on the IR and he is done for the year. He would not speculate whether or not Fujita would consider retirement stating that it is a personal decision. Fujita is still in the midst of fighting bounty allegations from his time in New Orleans.
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