BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson looks ready to roll.
Richardson did not appear to be limited by his sore ribs Friday during the portion of practice open to the media. He worked with the first team and did not have any problems with hand offs or cuts.
“I think today was his third good day of practice,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “He’s better this Friday than he was last. I can’t tell you exactly what’s going to happen Sunday, but he had a good practice.”
Then again, players were in their usual jerseys and shorts with no contact. The real test will come Sunday against the Chargers.
Richardson sat the second half of last week’s 17-13 loss to the Colts after running for 8 yards on 8 carries and was ineffective due to the injury to his ribs.
Although Richardson has been told that he can’t injure them further by playing, the pain has clearly limited him – which Shurmur is aware of.
“I think we’ve just got to make our decisions based on where he is health wise,” Shurmur said. “The good news is you always play more than one running back. We’ll just see how he’s doing and then put the roster together with those things in mind.”
Should Richardson be limited again Sunday against the Chargers Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya will be called upon to fill his shoes.
Hardesty ran for 28 yards on 7 carries last week against the Colts while Ogbonnaya ran once for 6 yards and caught 3 passes for 17 more.
Putting On The Mitts: Quarterback Brandon Weeden has heard how cold it can get in Cleveland and Friday at practice he began preparing for it.
Weeden wore gloves for the first half of practice, which was held indoors, and he will wear them in colder weather as the season goes on.
“I actually can throw the ball better with them,” Weeden said. “Seriously, people don’t believe me, but I get a little extra [zip].”
He’ll pick and choose what situations he wears them in but it’s wet – he definitely won’t.
“If it’s raining I don’t want to wear them; you can’t wear them,” Weeden said. “If it’s absolutely freezing cold I’ll probably wear them. If it’s even drizzling I can’t do it. I wish I could but the ball would be so slippery.
“I just looked at the forecast [for Sunday] and saw that it’s supposed to be like 42.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wears gloves in the cold. Kurt Warner used to as well.
Weeden said that he wore gloves at Oklahoma State at practice late in the year when it got colder but was fortunate enough to play all of his bowl games in domes.
All Smiles: Left guard Jason Pinkston returned to practice again Friday – as a casual observer. Pinkston was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after being hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs.
He was admitted Oct. 18 after becoming very ill and released Wednesday.
Pinkston, who was sporting his No. 62 jersey, was smiling and laughing with teammates while watching practice.
Condolences: The father of Browns CEO Joe Banner passed away Thursday night a team spokesman said while offering condolences on behalf of the team.
Ralph Banner was 89.
Banner took over as CEO Thursday but flew to Boston to be with family.
Injury Report: Out – CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and LB Scott Fujita (neck).
Questionable – RB Trent Richardson (ribs), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) and DB Tashaun Gipson (knee).
Probable – DBs Johnson Bademosi (hip), Buster Skrine (hand), Usama Young (hamstring), T.J. Ward (hand/shoulder) and Ray Ventrone (hand/calf); OL Jarrod Shaw (illness), OL Ryan Miller (illness) and John Greco (ankle); DL John Hughes (knee), Juqua Parker (shoulder/illness) and Frostee Rucker (shoulder); RBs Montario Hardesty (knee) and Chris Ogbonnaya chest/ribs), WR Travis Benjamin (hamstring), LS Christian Yount (shoulder), and LB Tank Carder (foot).