Trent Richardson Expected Out Thursday Vs. Packers: Fantasy Implications

May 11, 2012; Berea, OH, USA: Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) hands off to running back Trent Richardson (33) during rookie camp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

Trent Richardson will likely sit out the Cleveland Browns' preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Trent Richardson is likely out Thursday for the Cleveland Browns' preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. Richardson underwent a scope on his left knee last Thursday that will keep him out for some time. No timetable has been announced on when the rookie running back might return.

Analysis: The hope seems to be that Richardson will be back at full speed by Week 1 of the regular season. Whether we will actually get a glimpse of the No. 3 overall pick before then remains to be seen. At the same time, Richardson's procedure was a minor one, so there should not too much trepidation over his long-term status. He may see a lesser workload to start the season, but he is still expected to work his way up to a feature role as the season goes on. Drafting rookies is always risky, especially sight unseen, but Richardson is projected to factor heavily into the Browns' gameplan and should probably be one of the Top 10 backs off the board come draft day.

For more on Richardson and the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature and SB Nation Cleveland.

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