Despite having arthroscopic knee surgery exactly one month ago, the Cleveland Browns' rookie running back Trent Richardson will reportedly start the team's season opener Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to reports, though, the Browns are expected to use Richardson cautiously, meaning he will not see a full-work load in his NFL debut and instead split carries with Montario Hardesty.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Richardson will see "plenty of touches" Sunday (15-18 was the number he provided during NFL Countdown), while the NFL Network's Albert Breer will be "managed through the game" and not play in third down or passing situations.
Basically, the Browns are going to get their prized 2012 number one pick acclimated to game action in an effort to ensure he can play the entire regular season. Other than his knee, Richardson is in great physical shape, but there's no need to rush him into becoming the team's clear-cut number one back until that knee responds to handling the rigors of the NFL.
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