Trent Richardson could be shut down through the Cleveland Browns' Week 10 bye after his ribs cartilage injury was aggravated Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, ESPN reporter Ed Werder told SportsCenter on Tuesday. Richardson did not touch the ball in the second half after suffering a "direct hit" on the injury in the second quarter.
The Browns have yet to released a concrete timetable for the running back. If Werder is correct, Richardson would not play again until Nov. 18 when the Browns play the Dallas Cowboys.
Fantasy Impact: The debate within the Browns' organization is over whether the injury could eventually prove debilitating for the young running back, and ultimately rule him out for the year under continued stress. The Browns and head coach Pat Shurmur are under pressure to win now from the team's new ownership, however, which could force them to gamble Richardson's health.
If Richardson does sit, Montario Hardesty would likely start out of the backfield for the Browns. Chris Ogbonnaya would likely see extra touches as well. Hardesty is worth targeting off waivers immediately if available.