NFL news roundup: Trent Richardson resumes running, Tim Tebow unlikely to play TE


Trent Richardson started a running program in hopes of being ready for training camp, while Tim Tebow is unlikely to take snaps at tight end. All this and more in our Sunday news roundup.

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is currently in a running program to rehab a leg injury. The second-year back missed most of the offseason program with the injury, and although he hopes to be ready in time for training camp, he may be limited in action. Richardson played most of his rookie year with broken ribs. If he misses time in camp, Montario Hardesty will get the majority of reps.

Here are some other NFL headlines from Sunday:

Tim Tebow unlikely to take snaps at tight end for Patriots

The Patriots have a need at tight end with Rob Gronkowski still on the mend and Aaron Hernandez in legal trouble. But don't expect Tim Tebow to fill that need. ESPN Boston says that Tebow still has too much to learn at the quarterback position to consider taking on additional tight end duties.

Some have speculated that Tebow will be a fit at tight end due to his athletic build and running ability, but he may not have the blocking or pass-catching skills to succeed at the position.

NFL may not invite academically ineligible players to Combine

The NFL is considering not inviting players who are academically ineligible to the NFL Combine. This decision is a response to the off-field troubles that plagued the league this past offseason. If they go through with this decision, it won't make players ineligible for the draft, but it may force teams to spend more scouting resources on pro days to look at prospects they weren't able to evaluate in Indianapolis.

Andre Johnson has 'lost a half-step,' according to some evaluators

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson had a productive 2012, but some opponents suggest that he's lost a bit of explosiveness as he approaches his 32nd birthday. The Texans drafted Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins in the first round to complement Johnson.

If he's slowing down, the numbers don't show it, as Johnson racked up 112 catches for 1,598 yards last year. Hopkins should help take some defensive pressure off the 11-year veteran.

Jabaal Sheard making smooth transition to outside linebacker

Cleveland Browns defender Jabaal Sheard spent the past two seasons as a defensive end, but he's making the transition to outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Ray Horton's 3-4 defense. The Browns are reportedly very pleased with his transition, and plan to start him opposite free agent signee Paul Kruger.

Sheard recorded 15.5 sacks in his first two years as a 4-3 end. He may still line up with his hand on the ground in certain passing situations.

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