DENVER (AP) — The already injury-ravaged Cleveland Browns lost their two best playmakers in quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson to injuries in their 34-12 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Weeden hurt his right shoulder when he was sacked by linebacker Von Miller in the third quarter and Richardson, a fellow rookie, hurt his left ankle when backup quarterback Colt McCoy fell into him in the final minute of the blowout.
McCoy was hit hard by safety Mike Adams just as he released a pass, and Richardson, who was in the backfield in pass protection, emerged from the pile hopping on his right foot as he made his way to the sideline. He was carted off the field after the game.
Richardson appeared to be in significant pain as he was helped back onto the cart after being examined in the X-ray room.
Reports out of Cleveland an hour after the game said Richardson left the stadium in a walking boot but said his ankle wasn't broken.
"None of these injuries I have much information on ... so we'll have to evaluate them as we go and see where we're at," Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur said.
Richardson carried nine times for 53 yards but had just four carries after the Browns' first series, and having a franchise-type player in the game at the end of a blowout will certainly draw more scrutiny to Shurmur.
Weeden was knocked from the game in the third quarter when he couldn't avoid the heavy rush and went down hard. After walking off the field, the rookie slammed his helmet on the bench. Weeden was examined by trainers on the sideline and then taken into the locker room.