Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Thursday and the organization is hopeful that he will be ready for the start of the regular season.
Richardson experienced discomfort at Browns' training camp this week, sitting out practice and riding a stationary bike on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the team announced he would travel to Florida to have a "routine" operation performed by the renowned Dr. James Andrews. Richardson, who had a torn meniscus repaired by Andrews in February, had a loose piece of cartilage removed in this latest procedure.
According to head coach Pat Shurmur, everything went well, via Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer:
"Trent Richardson underwent a successful routine arthroscopic procedure today on his left knee,'' coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement. "It was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.
"We anticipate that Trent will make a speedy recovery, and we are hopeful that he will be ready for our Week One game against Philadelphia."
The Browns are expecting the halfback they selected with the No. 3 overall pick in April's 2012 NFL draft to shoulder much of the load on the offensive side of the ball. Richardson will almost certainly be tabbed as a workhorse back in the rigorous AFC North, taking pressure off fellow rookie Brandon Weeden and the passing game. But with his preseason now almost certainly lost, Richardson will have some catching up to do in the first month of the season.