Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson revealed on Monday he played the last nine games of the season with broken ribs that made it difficult for him to shower, dress, and sleep.
"I still can't lay flat on my back or on my side," Richardson said. "But it's going to come around, and I know I'll be healthy before next season."
Richardson broke his ribs Oct. 14 against Cincinnati and “needed help getting into a shower and dressing.” He had to sleep “propped up.” But he ended up breaking many of Jim Brown’s rookie rushing records despite his precarious condition.
The former Alabama standout said his teammates and even Jim Brown said, “I don't know how you're doing it.'"
“Talking to Jim Brown and a lot of guys, they were like, 'I don't know how you're doing it,'" Richardson said.
Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden said what Richardson did was “unbelievable”:
"Most guys would completely shut it down and say, 'Oh, I'm getting paid.' That's not his thing. He's a competitor. He knew how tough a player he was, how much he meant to this team. I applaud him. It's amazing what he was able to do with such a beat-up body."