The Cleveland Browns running back will wear a flak jacket to protect his sore rib area, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reported Thursday.
Hardesty (15 rushes for 56 yards with a go-ahead touchdown) was productive in relief of Richardson in last Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Richardson, however, doesn't plan to miss much time.
"They're gonna have to put like a little special pad on my ribs," Richardson said Wednesday. "But my game's not going to be different. I'm still going to play physical and play hard-nosed football, smash-mouth football. That's what I was brought up to do, and that's how I know how to play football."
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