Cleveland Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski announced today that most of his first team, including quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson, will get the night off.
Chudzinski said on Tuesday he was considering playing his starters for “10 to 12 reps” in the final tuneup before the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins, but has since done an about-face, and won’t risk unnecessary injury to arguably his two most important players entering this season.
Richardson, who showed tremendous quickness during last week’s game against the Colts, will also sit along with all of Cleveland’s offensive linemen except right guard Oneil Cousins, who will start alongside wide receivers Travis Benjamin and Josh Gordon.
The game will mark Gordon’s final live action before he has to pack his bags and leave the premises from Sept. 2-16 to serve his two-game suspension for a positive codeine test. In addition, Gordon was pulled over mid-camp for going 98 mph in a 60-mph zone, and has a court date Sept. 10.