Browns RB Trent Richardson attempted to fight through a rib cartilage injury he suffered last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, but coach Pat Shurmur benched him after he was stuffed for no gain on third-and-1 from the Colts’ 35-yard line with 4:17 left in the second quarter.
Richardson finished with eight carries for eight yards, and the Browns tallied only 55 yards on 17 carries (3.2 average) against the Colts, who allowed 252 rushing yards to the New York Jets last week.
“The injury I have is much bigger than what folks think it is, and I don’t want to do anything to hurt the team," Richardson said.
Shurmur said the injury isn't worse after playing in the game, but he thinks it contributed to Richardson's poor performance. There will be some question about Richardson's availability heading into Week 8, but the team said they are preparing him to play. Backup running back Montario Hardesty had seven carries for 28 yards and would be in store for more action if T-Rich can't go.