Richardson's surgery considered a success

The Browns announced that running back Trent Richardson had successful arthroscopic surgery Thursday and are "hopeful" that he'll be ready for the regular-season opener.

This shouldn't come as a surprise. The "routine procedure," as the Browns described it, was performed by the renowned Dr. James Andrews. Plus, in my 12 years of covering the NFL, I've never had a team announce an unsuccessful surgery.

The key part of the Browns' statement is the expectation that Richardson will play in the Sept. 9 season opener against Philadelphia, which is 31 days away.

"We anticipate that Trent will make a speedy recovery," coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement.

There are questions whether Richardson's knee problem will linger throughout his rookie season. Montario Hardesty, a 2010 second-round pick, will start for Richardson in Friday's preseason opener for the Browns.