Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure Thursday morning on his left knee.
“Trent Richardson underwent a successful routine arthroscopic procedure today on his left knee,” coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement. “We anticipate that Trent will make a speedy recovery, and we are hopeful that he will be ready for our Week One game against Philadelphia.”
Richardson had the procedure done on the same knee in which he sustained a torn meniscus during Alabama’s BCS Championship win over LSU on Feb. 3.
Richardson missed practice Tuesday with soreness and swelling in the knee and underwent an MRI before traveling to Florida where he saw Dr. James Andrews.
Dr. Andrews handled February’s procedure as well.
Montario Hardesty will start against the Lions Friday night in the preseason opener in Richardson’s place.
“Every day I just want to continue to get better,” Hardesty said. “So I feel like Friday’s another opportunity for me to get better and for our team to get better and for me to show it in front of a lot of people.”
Brandon Jackson, Chris Ogbonnaya and undrafted rookie Adonis Thomas are all expected to receive extended carries in Detroit as well.