Trent Richardson's Knee Surgery Successful: Fantasy Implications

Jun 12, 2012; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress (back) watches quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) hand the ball off to running back Trent Richardson (33) at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

RB Trent Richardson has a successful knee surgery and is expected to be ready for the regular season. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Cleveland Browns have announced that RB Trent Richardson's arthroscopic knee surgery was a success and expect him to be ready in time for the regular season. Head coach Pat Shurmur released the following statement, via Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter: "We anticipate that Trent will make a speedy recovery, and are hopeful that he will be ready for our Week 1 game."

Analysis: Browns fans and fantasy owners can breath a sigh of relief that the knee injury really was a minor "hang nail", despite a visit to sports medicine guru James Andrews. Assuming his recovery goes well, he will be a big boost to an anemic Cleveland offense and fantasy rosters alike. However, there are enough lingering concerns--the lack of preseason reps and reports that he won't get a heavy workload his rookie year--that taking him in the 1st round may be a reach.

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

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