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Cleveland trades Richardson to Indy

A year after drafting him third overall, the Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Colts for a 2014 first-round pick on Wednesday.

Richardson, drafted by since-fired general manager Tom Heckert, rushed for 950 yards as a rookie despite playing most of last season with broken ribs. He had 105 yards on 31 carries this season. Browns CEO Joe Banner said dealing Richardson keeps with a plan to overhaul the team.

"Trent's a great player, and we expect him to have success in this league," said Banner, who now has 10 picks for 2014, including seven among the first four rounds.

"Right now, based on how we're building this team for sustainable success, we're going to be aggressive and do what it takes to assemble a team that consistently wins."

The Browns also announced they will bring in running back Willis McGahee, 31, for a physical. The former University of Miami star had 731 yards in 10 games for the Broncos last season.

Meanwhile, the Colts lost starting running back Vick Ballard for the season to a torn ACL last week.

"We need running backs," general manager Ryan Grigson said. "We need people who can get us yards, can keep defenses honest. We're going to run the football. Trent has proven he can run it. It's nice to add him because he makes us better, period."

More Browns: Third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer will start over No. 2 Jason Campbell on Sunday. Brandon Weeden sprained his right thumb last week against the Ravens. Hoyer, 27, made one start with the Cardinals after spending the previous three seasons in New England as a backup.

More Colts: Starting tight end Dwayne Allen is out for the season with a hip injury. The team did not disclose details of the injury but said it requires surgery.

Gronkowski status: New England quarterback Tom Brady said he "assumes" tight end Rob Gronkowski won't play Sunday against the Bucs. Tuesday, reported Gronkow­ski, who had offseason surgeries on his forearm and back, was "50-50" while reported he likely would sit.

Broncos: Starting left tackle Ryan Clady went on season-ending injured reserve with a left Lisfranc (mid foot) tear. He was hurt late Sunday when Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins rolled up on him.

Cardinals: Receiver Larry Fitzgerald missed practice with a sore right hamstring. His status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Chargers: Rookie linebacker Manti Te'o practiced for the first time since spraining his right foot Aug. 8. His status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Dolphins: Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill was limited at practice by a right shoulder injury sustained on a sack last week. His status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Jaguars: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who strained a tendon in his left foot last week against the Raiders, sat out practice but said he hopes to play Sunday.

Lions: Running back Reggie Bush did not practice because of a left knee injury sustained last week against the Cardinals. The team did not disclose details of the injury but said his status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Saints: Reserve corner Patrick Robinson is out for the season with what the team called only a right knee injury.

Seahawks: Starting left tackle Russell Okung will sit out Sunday with a toe injury sustained last week.

Fines: The NFL fined Titans safety Bernard Pollard, Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather and Texans safety Kareem Jackson $42,000 for hits Sunday. Pollard and Jackson hit defenseless receivers in Houston's Andre Johnson and Tennessee's Kendall Wright. Meriweather had a helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers running back Eddie Lacy, who will sit out Sunday with a concussion. The status of Johnson and Wright has not been determined.

Tonight's injury report


DOUBTFUL: TE Anthony Fasano (ankle).

QUESTIONABLE: CB Brandon Flowers (knee), TE Travis Kelce (knee).

PROBABLE: T Branden Albert (shoulder), DE Mike DeVito (neck), LB James-Michael Johnson (neck), LB Nico Johnson (ankle), LB Dezman Moses (toe).


PROBABLE: CB Brandon Boykin (quadriceps), TE Brent Celek (shoulder), CB Bradley Fletcher (concussion), C Jason Kelce (thumb), T Dennis Kelly (back), LB Mychal Kendricks (groin).

Cleveland trades Richardson to Indy 09/18/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:49pm]
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