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Shurmur Talks Richardson, If He’ll Play vs Lions

(Opening Statement)- “Practice started a little bit later because we were a little delayed getting back from Philadelphia, but the guys handled it well. We got a lot of good work in. The guys competed well. I could see that some of these guys have camp legs, which you get this time of year. We’re about four and a half weeks out from our first game so that’s natural. Part of the grind of training camp is fighting your body and your mind and making sure you come out here and compete, and I think our guys did that. It was a good afternoon of work and we’ll come back out tomorrow. As you know, tomorrow afternoon we’ll be doing our walk-through, and then we’re going to be in the stadium tomorrow night, which will be fun. It’s a fun event. It’s a great opportunity for our fans to watch us work. It will be a good chance for our rookies to play in our arena for the first time, which will be a good thing as well. We’ll do that tomorrow. It was a fun event last year, as you know we did it on a weekend, this year we’re doing it on a weekday. I know they have fireworks and there will be a lot of stuff going on. It should be a good night for everybody that wants to come watch us practice.”

(On Trent Richardson didn’t practice today)- “He had a sore knee. We’ll evaluate it and see as we move forward here. But that’s why we held him out.”

(On if Richardson missing practice will affect him playing in Friday’s game)- “It might. We’ll have to evaluate him further which we’ll do here after practice, then we’ll see where we go from there.”

(On if he said Richardson will miss practice tomorrow)- “I said it might affect Friday, so I don’t know. We’ll have to see. We’re going to evaluate him further here. There’s a chance he won’t play on Friday.”

(On how concerned he is with Richardson’s injury)- “I’m always concerned about injuries. I think at this point we’ll just find out what it is. He’s been practicing well. He’s just a little bit sore right now, so we’ll just see where he is.”

(On if Josh Gordon is one of the players with “camp leg”)- “I think that’s fair to say. He’s really getting better every day in our eyes, when we watch his body of work each day. I would say that I think his mind and his body are at battle right now. They are battling. I think he’ll push through it. This is unlike anything he’s probably ever been through in terms of an NFL training camp. But he’s getting better and he’s improving and he’s fighting through it. I think that’s the important part.”

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