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Browns RB Richardson back at practice

FILE - In this July 29, 2012, file photo, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, left, tries to get past linebacker Scott Fujita during NFL football training camp  in Berea, Ohio. Coming off a dismal 4-12 season, their eighth in nine years of at
FILE - In this July 29, 2012, file photo, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, left, tries to get past linebacker Scott Fujita during NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio. Coming off a dismal 4-12 season, their eighth in nine years of at least 10 losses, the Browns enter 2012 with high hopes and low expectations. The Browns are scheduled to begin their regular season on Sept. 9 at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tony Dejak, File, Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio — Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson is practicing for the first time since undergoing knee surgery on Aug. 9, raising the likelihood he will play in Sunday's season opener against Philadelphia.

Richardson had a sleeve on his left knee Monday as the Browns continued preparing for the Eagles. Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in April's draft, had not been on the field since having his second arthroscopic knee operation since leading Alabama to a national championship in January. On Saturday, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said if Richardson can practice, he will play Sunday.

Shurmur pulled Richardson close for a brief chat during one drill as the Browns' running backs caught passes. Moments later, running backs coach Gary Brown called out a play and quizzed Richardson on his assignment.