Cleveland Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur has today revealed that rookie running back Trent Richardson is scheduled to meet with expert Dr. James Andrews tomorrow. The Browns traded up from fourth to third overall to assure they landed Richardson in the draft, even though he was coming off a torn meniscus that had been repaired back in early February.
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Richardson appeared to be fully recovered from the injury throughout OTAs and training camp up until the past few days. He had been complaining of soreness in his knee, and had an MRI scan, which came back clean. But it's been decided that Richardson will fly out to Florida to meet with surgeon Dr. James Andrews to seek further evaluation, according to Browns beat reporter Nate Ulrich.
Dr. Andrews is well known around the NFL and indeed sporting world, working with a top list of clients. He has consulted with the likes of Tom Brady and Brett Favre, after knee and shoulder injuries respectively. He performed the surgery to repair Drew Brees' shoulder, and has worked with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who Richardson has drawn many comparisons to.
Most of the players have gone on to have success after work with Dr. Andrews, but it's certainly not an ideal way to kick off your NFL career. But what do you think? Is this just a cautionary measure for the young franchise player, or is it something more serious that the Browns should be worried about? Let us know your views in the comments below.
Update: ESPN's Chris Mortensen has the latest news on Richardson's visit to Dr. Andrews.
Trent Richardson's visit to Dr. Andrews includes tentatively scheduled arthroscopic surgery to clean up loose particle of cartilage— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 8, 2012
Richardson's surgery would be considered as proactive minor procedure; a "hang nail particle" not related to meniscus repair on same knee— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 8, 2012