Trent Richardson 'ready to go'

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson said Tuesday his right leg is now pain-free and will be ready to go at training camp.

Richardson, who missed last month's minicamp because of the shin injury, had said at that time that he expected to be ready for training camp and in the interview with The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer on Tuesday made his participation at the Browns' practices, which begin July 25, a certainty.

"I have no pain at all in the leg," he said in a telephone interview with the newspaper. "I'll be ready for camp, and I'll be ready to go for the season."

The newspaper reported that Richardson began his running routine on June 24 in Pensacola, Fla., running both in the water and on land.

"I'll be full go right from the get-go, and y'all out there will see me flying around," he told the newspaper. "I can't wait to get out there and I can't wait for the first game. I've been waiting forever for this season, and I know it's going to be a good one for us."

Injuries slowed Richardson during a productive rookie season, when he showed flashes of someday becoming a major star -- if he isn't one already. He missed the exhibition season recovering from an arthroscopic procedure on his knee, then played the final 10 games with "two or three" broken ribs, an agonizing injury that would have sidelined most players.

He still set a Browns rookie record with his 11 rushing touchdowns and finished with 950 yards, the second-most by a first-year running back in the Browns' history.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.