Here is the Browns' plan for running back Trent Richardson today, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer: Richardson will start today versus the Eagles, but he will get nothing close to a full dose of carries. Breer tweets that the Browns will manage Richardson throughout the game, spelling him on first and second downs with Montario Hardesty . Richardson won't play at all on third downs; those opportunities will go to Brandon Jackson .
"Goal is to make sure [Richardson's] acclimated properly to game action, lasts thru season," Breer tweeted.
Update: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported soon after Breer that Richardson will see "plenty of touches as runner and receiver" today. Those two reports seem to conflict quite a bit, and I don't know whom to trust more. Again, try to avoid this situation if possible.
Breer didn't offer a guess on how many touches Richardson will get, but it's hard to imagine him surpassing 10-12. Plus, in the likely scenario the Browns fall out of contention in this game quickly, Richardson might be pulled early as to not risk him for future games. The matchup is good against a suspect Eagles run defense, but I'm not comfortable starting him even as a flex in 12-team leagues. Personally, I just placed him on my bench.