CLEVELAND - About half an hour into Friday's practice, Browns running back Trent Richardson emerged from the locker room in shorts and a jersey without shoulder pads, a sign that had to alarm fans.
Richardson crossed paths with former Browns president Mike Holmgren and stopped for about a minute to say a few words. He then walked on the field to watch practice.
As it turned out, there was no reason for alarm. He was given the day off by coach Rob Chudzinski after being kicked in the shin near where he suffered a leg injury during the spring.
"I was kind of upset that I didn't practice," Richardson said. "It's nothing. He (Chudzinski) just wanted to rest me a little bit. He explained it to me. I'll do everything coach says. I'm behind him 100 percent. There's nothing wrong. I'll be out here running soon."
Richardson will likely be off again tonight when the Browns conduct Family Fun Night at First Energy Stadium. The team is off Sunday, which means Richardson will be off four days.
"Coach knows that if there was a preseason game tomorrow I could be playing in it," Richardson said. "If they were playing the Hall of Fame game right now I'd be playing in it."
Richardson missed most of training camp last season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He returned in time for the season opener, but a week later he cracked two ribs against the Cincinnati Bengals and played in pain the rest of the season.
BACK IN TOWN: Holmgren stopped by the facility to watch the first part of practice. He's in the area for this weekend's Hall of Fame festivities.
"I was driving by the facility and I thought practice would be over," Holmgren said. "I was going to sneak in and sneak out. I went out to say hello to (owner) Jim (Haslam), (CEO) Joe (Banner) and (general manager Mike) Lombardi."
Holmgren said he misses being involved with the team. His only football involvement is contributing to a radio program for a station in Seattle.
Holmgren was surprised to see how much the inside of the facility has changed since he was here last. A massive renovation project to the second floor was completed recently.
"My little cubby hole I had up there is now fancy," he said.
INJURY REPORT: Players on the bike rehabilitating injuries were defensive back Trevin Wade, fullback Brad Smelley, offensive lineman Chris Faulk, safety T.J. Ward, receiver David Nelson and running back Montario Hardesty. Faulk, a rookie free agent from LSU, is on the physically-unable-to-perform list and will likely be placed on the practice squad at some point.
TAKING IN PRACTICE: CBS announcer Jim Nantz watched part of practice. Nantz is in the area for the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron. CBS will televise the final two rounds.
Nantz is close to Lombardi. When the hiring of Lombardi was criticized by some in the media and fans, Nantz came to Lombardi's defense, saying that New England coach Bill Belichick considers Lombardi one of the best talent evaluators in the NFL.
Also at practice was former Browns defensive lineman Michael Dean Perry. Perry played for the Browns from 1988-94. He was with Denver the next two seasons and finished his career with Kansas City in 1997. Perry was selected to the Pro Bowl six times, five times as a Brown.
CAMPING OUT: Guards John Greco and Shaun Lauvao both worked at center with the second-team offense. The moves allowed Jason Pinkston to get time at left guard with the first team Quarterback Brandon Weeden had a productive day. He zipped a ball to Greg Little on a quick out for a touchdown in front of cornerback Joe Haden Quarterback Brian Hoyer doesn't have a strong arm, but he showed accuracy in connecting with Jordan Norwood for a score on a post route Rookie cornerback Leon McFadden had been relatively quiet until intercepting a pass by Jason Campbell in the end zone Safety Tashaun Gipson, who missed time with a bruised hip, came up limping after covering Little Family Fun Night starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free of charge.