Trent Richardson Knee Improving, Should Improve On Rough Fantasy Debut

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 9: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha #24 and free safety Nate Allen #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles try to stop running back Trent Richardson #33 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Eagles defeated the Browns 17-16. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Trent Richardson has not experienced any swelling in his knee since Sunday's game between the Browns and the Eagles. We break down the fantasy implications.

Trent Richardson's knee has not experienced any swelling since his rookie debut Sunday, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Wednesday. Shurmur said that Richardson should be healthier in practice this week as the running back recovers from early-August arthroscopic knee surgery. Richardson rushed for just 39 yards on 19 carries against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Analysis: Richardson appeared to be missing some of the burst that made him the No. 3 overall pick in April's NFL Draft, and the fact that fellow rookie Brandon Weeden completed just 34.3 percent of his passes for a 5.1 passer rating only added more pressure on the running back. Still, it's appears that Cleveland will be giving Richardson a full workload every week if he's on the field. A Week 2 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals could be difficult, however.

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