CLEVELAND — Running back Trent Richardson wasn’t doing cartwheels Sunday following the Browns’ 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins, but he also wasn’t outwardly angry.
After suffering through a 5-11 rookie season, Richardson said he was pleased with the improved attitude and effort that Cleveland showed in its season opener.
“It actually didn’t (feel the same as last year) because this was the first time in a long time that the team didn’t give up,” he said. “Out there today, it was men vs. men. We didn’t give up on any play. Everybody fought hard and didn’t quit.”
Richardson rushed for a game-high 47 yards on 13 carries, but only carried the ball five times in the second half. He also made two receptions for 37 yards and led the Browns with 15 touches.
Though his workload was lighter than expected, “T-Rich” had no complaints about coach Rob Chudzinski or offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
Richardson also was affected by Turner’s decision to use two tight ends, rather than fullback Chris Ogbonnaya, for lengthy periods. That forced the 5-foot-9, 225-pounder to block on many of quarterback Brandon Weeden’s 53 pass attempts, rather than use his speed after taking handoffs.
Tight end Jordan Cameron made a career-high nine receptions for 108 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass from Weeden that scored Cleveland’s first points of the season.
• Oniel Cousins was called for four penalties in his first Cleveland start at guard. His final flag occurred with 1:40 left and wiped out a 20-yard TD pass from Weeden to tight end Gary Barnidge.
• Defensive end Desmond Bryant, who spent last season with the Raiders, extended his streak of games with a sack to five. The free agent acquisition took down Tannehill twice.
• Punter Spencer Lanning played in his first NFL game after being cut by four teams in the last three years. He averaged 45.0 yards on five attempts with a net average of 43.6.
“It was a little challenging with the wind, but playing in Cleveland, I’m going to have to get used to it,” Lanning said with a smile. “I’m happy with how I hit the ball today.”
• Travis Benjamin mishandled his first punt return, but averaged 15.5 yards on two runbacks. Chris Rainey averaged 25.8 yards on four kickoff returns.
• Wide receiver Tori Gurley, safety Josh Aubrey, linebacker Brandon Magee, tight end Keavon Milton, cornerback Leon McFadden, linebacker Eric Martin, Lanning, and Rainey made their NFL debuts.
Gurley, who was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, caught one pass for 15 yards.
• Free safety Tashaun Gipson picked off a pass and returned it 29 yards after linebacker D’Qwell Jackson tipped the ball.
Wide receiver Brian Hartline — an Ohio State product — made nine catches for a game-high 114 yards. It was the second-highest yardage total of his five-year NFL career.
Hartline also beat Browns cornerback Buster Skrine on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill.
• Cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who was cut late last season by the Browns, had two of Miami’s three interceptions before leaving with a groin injury.
Browns safety T.J. Ward briefly exited with a shoulder injury and said he will undergo a thorough medical examination today.
Defensive end Billy Winn and linebacker Craig Robertson both battled leg cramps, while wide receiver Travis Benjamin had his right leg heavily wrapped.
• Cleveland’s inactives were defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf), guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle), linebacker Barkevious Mingo (lung), quarterback Brian Hoyer, tight end MarQueis Gray, tackle Martin Wallace, and linebacker Paul Hazel.
Second-year pro Billy Winn started in Rubin’s spot at left defensive end and made two tackles.
• Not in uniform for the Dolphins were cornerback Will Davis (toe), quarterback Pat Devlin (ankle), cornerback Jamar Taylor (groin), running back Mike Gillislee, guard Dallas Thomas, linebacker Josh Kaddu, and guard Danny Watkins.
The Browns lost their ninth straight season opener and are 1-14 in Week 1 since returning to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999.
• Bud Carson was the last Cleveland coach to win his debut with the team, beating the Steelers 51-0 in Pittsburgh on Sept. 10, 1989.
• Quarterback Jason Campbell, guard Garrett Gilkey, defensive end Armonty Bryant, and center Patrick Lewis were active for the Browns, but did not play.
• Browns center Alex Mack — in the final season of a five-year contract — will not negotiate a new deal during the season, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS.
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