Richardson underwent a successful scope today in Florida, and the Browns are hoping he'll be back for the opener against the Eagles Sept. 9. "Trent Richardson underwent a successful routine arthroscopic procedure today on his left knee,' HC Pat Shurmur said in a statement.“We anticipate that Trent will make a speedy recovery, and we are hopeful that he will be ready for our Week 1 game against Philadelphia.” Reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer
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The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. Andrews also performed Richardson's original scope on February 3, to repair a torn meniscus. As Dealer staffer Mary Kay Cabot reports, today's procedure was to have a small piece of loose cartilage removed. Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, had been experiencing swelling in the knee and sat out Tuesday's practice. He underwent an MRI that day and headed Wednesday to Andrews' clinic in Richardson's hometown of Pensacola, Fla. Richardson will miss all or most of the preseason games. Montario Hardesty will start in Richardson's place tomorrow night in Detroit.