Remember when Bengals fans were clamoring for former Alabama running back Trent Richardson? Neither do we. Unfortunately for Cleveland Browns fans, their prized rookie running back is having knee issues once again. It was reported through various media outlets that Richardson had been experiencing some soreness in his left knee--the one that he had worked on this offseason before the draft.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Richardson might need a minor procedure done once again in the near future.
As if that news wasn't bad enough, the team's star cornerback, Joe Haden, could be facing a four-game suspension from the NFL. Apparently, Haden failed a routine drug test where he tested positive for the prescription drug, Adderall.
Tony Grossi and Will Burge of ESPN Cleveland write:
One source said that Haden tested positive for the prescription drug Adderall during a routine, off-season test administered in accordance with the NFL’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.
Adderall, which is commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy, is also used for excessive tiredness. It is on the NFL’s list of banned substances and is classified by the league as a stimulant.
According to sources, Haden has been notified that he tested positive. Under terms of the league policy, a positive test results in a second test from the original sample. If that shows up positive as well, Haden would be suspended for the first four games of the regular season.
Yikes. Richardson and Haden are two of the best players on the Browns roster (yes, I know that Richardson hasn't played a down of NFL football) and losing them for any amount of time could hurt them significantly. We will update you as both of these stories progress.