Trent Richardson: “I expect to play”

Jul 26, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) turns the corner on linebacker Paul Kruger (99) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson saw his workload in practice increase over the weekend, a good sign for the running back who is trying to get to back to 100 percent. The Browns are playing the Detroit Lions in their second preseason game in FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday.

Head coach Rob Chudzinski is holding onto his game plan tightly, as if it were a regular season game, and not letting you know if Richardson is playing.

“I expect to play. I expect to play each game. I’m gonna leave it in Coach’s hands, whatever he thinks is best for the team,” Richardson said, via ESPN Cleveland.

Richardson is frustrated with Chudzinski’s plan for him but understands what he is doing.

“In the back of your mind you’ve got to realize it’s preseason and Coach is gonna do the best thing for me to put me in the best position to stay healthy for the whole season,” he said. “It’s good and bad. I feel I can be ready to go Sept. 8 without playing any preseason. I feel I can be ready with playing preseason.

“The way we practice, how hard we practice, the way we get out here, that prepares you for everything. Coach (Nick Saban) always taught me in Alabama you win your games on Wednesdays and Thursdays, not just on, well, Saturdays  back in the day, but not just on Sunday. You play hard in practice and that’s how you play your games. You practice like you play.”

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