According to sources, Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson is scheduled to have surgery to remove a small amount of loose cartilage that is causing swelling in his left knee. This is not thought to be related to the torn meniscus Richardson suffered in the National Championship game while at Alabama.
Richardson had surgery to repair the meniscus after the season and prior to the NFL draft, but the Browns felt confident enough in Richardson to select him with the No. 3 overall pick in April's NFL Draft.
The surgery to remove what they consider a "hang nail" portion of cartilage is not expected to be serious. Richardson is expected to be ready for the regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9.
This is certainly a minor injury for Richardson, but it still throws up some small red flags about the touted rookie out of Alabama. This will be his second knee procedure in the last year and they both will happen before he even takes a snap in the NFL. Even though this is the type of surgery that seems like routine clean-up, it still is worth worrying a little about when your team's No. 1 pick is held off the practice field during his rookie training camp.