Richardson Ready For NFL Debut

Berea (WOIO) - The Browns open up the season against the Philadelphia Eagles at 1 p.m. this Sunday, and rookie running back Trent Richardson is looking forward to the game one way or another.

"I think it is going to feel good if I am out there on the field.  Anyway that it goes I know these guys (Browns) are going to do whatever they can to win the ballgame."  Richardson said.  "If I'm out there or not, I'm a team player first so I'm going to do the best thing I can to help this team."

Richardson underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up loose cartilage that was irritating his left knee on August 9th.  Richardson suffered a torn meniscus in January helping Alabama win the BCS National Championship over LSU.  This setback has caused Richardson to miss the entire preseason.

Richardson added, "If I've got to sit out or if I've got to play, whatever it is, I am behind them 100% and I know they are behind me 100%.  I really just can't wait to see what this program can do."

When Richardson was asked on his feelings on playing in the NFL he said, "It's emotional as far as me being in the NFL, but as far as being a football player, I am always going to be a football player in my head.  Football is football wherever it goes, I just can't wait."

Trent also said that he is looking forward to some NFL quality hits, also willing to give a couple himself.  "I am very anxious to take a pop or give one.  To me in my head it's always been I'm going to get hit or I'm going to give a hit.  If you're a running back, you don't want to get hit too many times, you want to give that first hit so I can't wait."

Only time will tell if Richardson will play this Sunday, but all indications from head coach Pat Shurmur, lead us to believe that he will suit up on Sunday.