BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – A bye week was just what the doctor ordered for Browns running back Trent Richardson.
Richardson used the time to return home and rest his aching ribs.
“My battery is recharged man,” Richardson said. “I’m not at 100 percent but I’m there. That break did me justice.”
Although he’s yet to peak this season, Richardson is not nearly as limited in practice as he’s been earlier in the year which is good news for head coach Pat Shurmur.
“He says he is [feeling fine],” Shurmur said. “I haven’t like punched him in the ribs or anything, but he’s gonna be out there practicing. He said he feels good.”
Richardson is third among NFL rookies with 815 scrimmage yards, 575 of those have come on the ground.
He refuses to use the knee and rib injuries as an excuse and expects to finish the final 7 games strong.
“My mindset is that I just need to explode on the scene right now,” Richardson said. “I’m not 100 percent but I’m still working on it.”
Pep Talk: Greg Little shared the conversation that he had during the bye week with former NBA superstar Alonzo Mourning Monday with his teammates.
“The overall message is just find one thing that you can sacrifice to help us win, just find that one thing to give up that will give back more devotion to our team,” Little said. “This way we can start to get this thing on a roll.”
Shurmur had no problem with Little, who is in his second year, asking him to address the team.
“He called me and asked if he could talk in the first team meeting,” Shurmur said. “I thought his comments were very insightful and I was glad he did it. I’ve always appreciated Greg because he’s a competitor. He’s a tough guy. He’s fun to work with because he listens.”
Stabilizing The Line: For all the concern in the preseason about right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, there isn’t much room to complain anymore.
Shurmur has noticed a tremendous amount of improvement from Schwartz who is starting to play like a veteran.
“I expected him to be a very good player from day 1 because he was the starter,” Shurmur said. “I’m extremely hopeful he’s going to be a good player for a long time.”
Shwartz has done a solid job solidifying the right side of the offensive line.
Reality TV: A large camera crew from NFL Films continues to roam Berea filming everything and anything including segments of Shurmur’s press conferences, practice as well as locker room availability.
In conjunction with RIVR Media, run by Dee Haslam – wife of owner Jimmy Haslam, the crew is putting together a series called “NFL Road Tested: Cleveland Browns.”
The episodes will focus around the weeks leading up to games played against the N.Y. Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The series will debut Dec. 4 on the Travel Channel.
Big Board: Sunday will be the first trip to the new Cowboys Stadium for the Browns.
The centerpiece of the $1 billion palace hangs above the field – the scoreboard. It’s 160 feet long, 72 feet high and cost $40 million to install.
“Just wait till you see this thing,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s huge. It’s overwhelming if you’re sitting in the stands.”
Defensive tackle Phil Taylor seemed as impressed with it as much as he is impressed with Ravens running back Ray Rice, whom he said was just another name.
“It’s just a big Jumbotron,” Taylor said. “When you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.”
Injury Report: Did Not Practice: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle)
Limited: CB Joe Haden (oblique), Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and DB Buster Skrine (ankle).
Full Participation: WRs Josh Cribbs (wrist) and Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), LB D’Qwell Jackson (calf), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), QB Brandon Weeden (groin/thigh), S T.J. Ward (hand), DB Ray Ventrone (hand/calf), DLs Frostee Rucker (shoulder) and Phil Taylor (chest/ankle).