NFL Notes: Richardson traded; Clady to IR

NFL Notes: Richardson traded; Clady to IR
September 18, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Trent Richardson (left) is averaging 3.4 yards per rush this season. Ryan Clady is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All Pro. (USA Today Images)

Updated: 6:45 p.m.

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns have traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise move less than two years after drafting him in the first round.

The Browns (0-2), struggling on offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, announced the move Wednesday afternoon. They will also bring in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical. Cleveland receives a first-round pick in next year's draft for Richardson, who has struggled with injuries since a standout career at Alabama. He was the No. 3 overall pick in 2012.

"Trent's a great player and we expect him to have success in this league," Browns CEO Joe Banner says.

McGahee is a two-time Pro Bowler (2007, 2011) with four 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

The Browns also announced that third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Sunday against Minnesota in place of injured Brandon Weeden, who sprained his right thumb last week and could be sidelined for several games. Cleveland first-year coach Rob Chudzinski surprisingly decided to start Hoyer over more experienced backup Jason Campbell. Hoyer had been listed as Cleveland's third-string quarterback since training camp opened behind Campbell.

Chudzinski did not commit to giving the starting job back to Weeden when he returns from injury.

Broncos: Clady out for season
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Peyton Manning will have a new left tackle protecting his blindside after the Denver Broncos placed Ryan Clady on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.

Clady hurt his left foot Sunday when Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins rolled up on him while the Broncos were trying to run out the clock in their 41-23 win. He will soon undergo surgery for what's being called a Lisfranc tear, which involves a separation of ligaments and joints in the foot.

Chris Clark, a fifth-year journeyman, will take the place of Clady -- the undisputed leader on the line -- and make his first career start at left tackle Monday night when the Broncos (2-0) host the Oakland Raiders (1-1).

To fill Clady's spot, the Broncos brought in former Eagles tackle Winston Justice, who played last season in Indianapolis after spending six years in Philadelphia. The 6-foot-6, 317-pound Justice has started 43 games in his career, including one at left tackle.

Bengals add ex-Eagle Curtis Marsh
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals bolstered their defensive secondary for their next game against the Green Bay Packers, signing free-agent cornerback Curtis Marsh on Wednesday.

They placed defensive end Robert Geathers on injured reserve with an elbow injury suffered during a 20-10 win over Pittsburgh on Monday night.

The Bengals also re-signed safety Jeromy Miles, whom they waived on Monday. Miles has been one of their top tacklers on special teams the last two years. They waived linebacker J.K. Schaffer, who could sign back onto the practice squad if he clears waivers.

The Bengals needed help at cornerback heading into a home game Sunday against the Packers. Dre Kirkpatrick strained a hamstring against Pittsburgh, depleting their depth. Marsh was waived by Philadelphia on Sept. 5.

Bucs: Goldson's suspension reduced
TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson's one game suspension has been reduced to a $100,000 fine for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Darren Sproles of New Orleans.

The NFL announced the decision Wednesday by Matt Birk, who handles appeals of discipline of on-field punishment for players for the league and NFL Players Association.

Goldson was suspended one game without pay Monday for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. This will allow him to play Sunday against New England.

He was penalized for unnecessary roughness in last week's game against New Orleans for the hit. It was Goldson's fifth violation for unnecessary roughness since 2011.

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