The Oakland Raiders returned to the practice field on Thursday with a familiar face in running back Trent Richardson.
Richardson returned to the field for the first time since Organized Team Activities and announced that he was listed on the non-football illness list with pneumonia.
“It felt good,” Richardson said about getting back on the field to practice. “This is probably the most eager I’ve been to get back to practice. It’s been a long time coming. You know, I haven’t been able to practice since I’ve been sick.”
The veteran running back quickly refuted the idea that he was on the NFI list because he was overweight, which was reported elsewhere earlier this week.
“A lot of people were saying something like I was overweight but I was nowhere near overweight. I actually came back in at 220, 222… something like that. I’m actually lower than what coach wanted me to come in with.”
“I actually had pneumonia, it was in the back of my lungs,” Richardson said on why he was out. “They suggested to me early ‘we can’t let you go out there until it’s all the way gone.’”
The former first-round pick embraced the idea that his first day back on the field was in pads.
“The thing about me… I love contact,” Richardson said about being in pads. “As a running back, if you don’t love contact you can’t be a running back. The one thing about being a running back, you’re going to get hit a lot.”
Richardson’s offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was happy to have his veteran back on the field as well.
“It was good for Trent to be on the field,” Musgrave said. “He looked pretty good, he really did. He hit a couple of holes… had good timing, so we were glad to have him.”