Good news for Browns, Trent Richardson

A month ago, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson disputed a report that his right shin injury would keep him out until August. This week, he is backing up those words.

Richardson reported to the Browns' training facility last week with rookies and injured players and is practicing with the team, head coach Rob Chudzinski told Cleveland reporters. This continues the encouraging news for Richardson, who told The Plain Dealer last week that he doesn't have any pain in his leg.

The answer to a productive offense for the Browns is a healthy Richardson. He was banged up when he got to training camp last year and never played at full strength last season. That's why it was important for the Browns to be so cautious with Richardson's latest injury. The key was not letting a minor injury turn into a major one.

As a rookie, Richardson rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, despite sitting out the final game and playing most of the season with broken ribs. There's a chance that Richardson could become a top-five back in the league if he can stay healthy this year.

In other news, Chudzinski said Brandon Weeden will continue to take first-team snaps. He handled most of the reps with the starting offense when minicamp ended early last month.