It's not a pretty day in Cleveland.
On the same afternoon that a report surfaced claiming cornerback Joe Haden could be suspended, Browns fans have to deal with the five worst words in sports: "Evaluated by Dr. James Andrews."
Here's the press release from Browns coach Pat Shurmur on his star rookie runner:
"Trent Richardson is traveling to Pensacola, Fla., where he will have his left knee further evaluated by Dr. James Andrews tomorrow."
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Richardon's trip includes a tentatively schedule arthroscopic surgery to clean up loose particle of cartilage." NFL.com and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed the plans for surgery.
Mort calls it a "proactive" minor procedure not related to Richardson's meniscus surgery on the same knee.
No matter how "minor" the surgery is, this news is a major concern for the Browns considering Richardson's injury history. The team is planning to make Richardson the backbone of their offense. At the very least, the team may have to back off those plans to use Richardson as a workhorse back early in the season, if he's even ready for the beginning of the season.