- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Browns running back Trent Richardson is considered day to day with a rib injury, coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Monday.
That's good news for the Browns, who need Richardson this week. Cleveland is looking to put together a winning streak after an 11-game losing one Sunday at the Colts, who rank 29th in rushing yards allowed per game (159.0) and 29th in yards per carry (5.0).
Running the ball is the way to beat the Colts, who have the third-best pass defense. On Sunday, Jets running back Shonn Greene ran for a career-high 161 yards against Indianapolis. The Jets kept the ball on the ground 44 times and threw 19 passes.
Richardson's injury is considered a painful one. He got hurt when he took a helmet to his side and had an MRI on Monday. The Browns will likely limit his participation in practice this week to give him as much rest as possible.
The Browns were able to beat the Bengals without Richardson playing for most of the second half. But, based on his career, backup Montario Hardesty is extremely inconsistent and not durable. Cleveland's best chance at beating the Colts is with Richardson, and it looks like he will be available Sunday.