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A final word from the players

Check out my main story in Thursday’s editions of the TimesDaily and Decatur Daily. It’s my look at Colorado State coach Jim McElwain bringing in the Rams for a game, and Alabama players and coaches recollections of him when he was the offensive coordinator.

Here’s my Alabama notebook that leads off with the development of the tight ends in the offense, and their importance.

There’s an injury report, reaction to the Trent Richardson trade and more in there.

Listen in to offensive lineman Kellen Williams talk about the state of the team in the above video. Defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan updates up in the below video.

Tide in the NFL: Ingram scores a TD in Saints’ win

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) gets past Dallas Cowboys strong safety Eric Frampton to score a touchdown. (AP photo by Sharon Ellman)

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) gets past Dallas Cowboys strong safety Eric Frampton to score a touchdown. (AP photo by Sharon Ellman)

Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram rushed for 53 yards on 21 carries and scored a touchdown as the New Orleans Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in overtime Sunday.

He rushed 9 yards for his score in the opening quarter. He also caught a pass for 7 yards.

Also for the Saints, safety Roman Harper had two tackles. Dallas Cowboys safety Charlie Peprah had four tackles.

Results of other former Crimson Tide players Sunday:

–The San Diego Chargers beat the New York Jets 27-17 as linebacker Jarret Johnson had five tackles. For a report about Greg McElroy‘s first career NFL start for the Jets, click here,

Trent Richardson has rushed for 8 more yards this season than Jim Brown did during his rookie year in 1957. (AP photo by Jack Dempsey)

Trent Richardson has rushed for 8 more yards this season than Jim Brown did during his rookie year in 1957. (AP photo by Jack Dempsey)

–Cleveland running back Trent Richardson finished with 53 yards on nine carries in a 34-12 loss to Denver, but he was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Reports say X-rays were taken to look for a possible break, but tests came back negative.

Richardson also finished with 15 receiving yards on three catches. He has 950 rushing yards, which is a Cleveland rookie record. Jim Brown had 942 in 1957.

Browns rookie fullback Brad Smelley had his first NFL catch for 3 yards.

–Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw had three tackles and noseguard Terrence Cody added one in the Ravens’ 33-14 win over the New York Giants.

–Kansas City cornerback Javier Arenas had three tackles and defended a pass as the Chiefs lost 20-13 to Indianapolis.

–Buffalo defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had four tackles and a pair of sacks as the Bills lost 24-10 to Miami. He has 5.5 sacks for the season.

–Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 13-10 as Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had a pair of tackles.

–Houston defensive back Kareem Jackson defended two passes and made four tackles as the Texans lost 23-6 to Minnesota.

–New England edged Jacksonville 23-16 as linebacker Dont’a Hightower had six tackles, including a sack. He also defended a pass. Defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick had a tackle and defended a pass.

–Tampa Bay defensive back Mark Barron had eight tackles, including one behind the line, in the Bucs’ 28-13 loss to St. Louis.

–The Philadelphia Eagles fell 27-20 to Washington as middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had four tackles, including one for loss.

–On Saturday night, Atlanta receiver Julio Jones had seven catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. That gives him 76 receptions for 1,142 yards and 10 touchdowns for the season.

Don Hutson has the most receiving yardage (1,211) and receiving touchdowns (17) by a former Alabama player, both in 1942 for Green Bay when he was the NFL most valuable player. Ozzie Newsome has the most catches with 89 in 1983 and 1984.

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Browns coach talks with Trent about criticism of game plan

Trent Richardson salutes fans after scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run against Washington. (AP photo by Tony Dejak)

Trent Richardson salutes fans after scoring Sunday. (AP photo by Tony Dejak)

The Plain Dealer does an excellent job of covering the Cleveland Browns, and they’re all over former Alabama star Trent Richardson‘s comments after Sunday’s loss to Washington.

Richardson appeared to criticize the play-calling after running the ball only twice in the second half and finishing with only 28 yards on 11 carries. He scored on two of his runs.

“I explained to him that after a game he will be asked questions,” Browns head coach Pat Shurmur told The Plain Dealer. “I asked him what he meant by what he said. I said it’s very important that when we’re all in a state of being disappointed that we lost that we keep our focus on, No. 1, regrouping and getting ready to play the next game.”

This is the Sunday quote from Richardson that began the controversy: “I think we’ve just got a game plan, and the game plan we had at the beginning of the game, I think we should’ve stuck with it. But we didn’t stick with the game plan, and we tried to do some other stuff, and the outcome came in a different way.”

Richardson sets an unofficial rookie record for ex-Tide players

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) rushed for a pair of touchdowns today. (AP photo by Rick Osentoski)

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) rushed for a pair of touchdowns today. (AP photo by Rick Osentoski)

Former Alabama All-America running back Trent Richardson hasn’t played for the Crimson Tide since last season’s BCS National Championship Game, but he still is setting school records.

Richardson scored two touchdowns for Cleveland today in the Browns’ 38-21 lose to Washington. He scored on a 6-yard run in the first quarter and a 1-yard rush in the second, giving him 12 touchdowns for the season, which is the most by an NFL rookie from Alabama. Billy Jackson scored 11 for Kansas City in 1981. Richardson still has two more games to add to his total.

This is unofficial, of course. The research consisted solely of me sifting through the data provided by pro-football-reference.com and figuring out which former Alabama players rushed for the most yards and scored the most touchdowns in their first year in the NFL.

Jackson played on Alabama’s 1978 and 1979 national championship teams, and Kansas City took him in the seventh round of the 1981 draft. During Jackson’s rookie season, the Chiefs used him often as a short-yardage runner, so he piled up touchdowns, even though he carried the ball only 111 times in 16 games. He finished that season with 398 yards.

Jackson played four seasons in the NFL and didn’t handle the short-yardage role much after his rookie season, although he did move into a starting job as a second-year player. He finished his career with 1,365 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.

For career touchdowns, Richardson has a long way to go. Shaun Alexander scored 112 in his NFL career during 2000-07.

Richardson has 897 rushing yards, which includes today’s 28 against Washington. Richardson does have some official Browns rookie records: 1,249 yards from scrimmage (rushing and receiving combined), 11 rushing touchdowns, 12 total touchdowns and 72 points. All of those marks are team records.

Here are the top rookie rushing performances by former Alabama players in the NFL:

1,151 yards: Bobby Humphrey, Denver, 1989
897: Trent Richardson, Cleveland, 2012
705: Wilbur Jackson, San Francisco, 1974
495: Joe Carter, Miami, 1984
494: Hosea Rodgers, Los Angeles, 1949
474: Mark Ingram, New Orleans, 2011
398: Billy Jackson, Kansas City, 1981
370: Johnny Davis, Tampa Bay, 1978
313: Shaun Alexander, Seattle, 2000
312: Irving Spikes, Miami, 1994
308: Paul Ott Carruth, Green Bay, 1986
269: Derrick Lassic, Dallas, 1993
226: Glen Coffee, San Francisco, 2009
212: George Gulyanics, Chicago, 1947
205: Sherman Williams, Dallas, 1995

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Tide in the NFL: McElroy saves the day for Jets off the bench

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy after making his regular-season NFL debut. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy throws a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland five seconds into the fourth quarter. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy got to play in a regular-season game for the first time in his two-year NFL career today and led the New York Jets to a come-from-behind 7-6 home win over Arizona.

McElroy entered the game in relief of struggling Mark Sanchez with 4:48 left in the third quarter. On McElroy’s second series, he quarterbacked a 10-play drive that ended in a touchdown. He rolled out to his right and threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Jeff Cumberland in the back of the end zone.

Sanchez had completed 10 for 21 for 97 yards and three interceptions when he left. The Jets trailed the Cardinals 3-0. McElroy finished 5 of 7 for 29 yards.

“It was fun. We were having a good time,” McElroy told reporters, according to newyorkjets.com. “It was exciting to get a shot and go in there. Fortunately, my teammates did a fantastic job executing.”

McElroy usually is the third-string quarterback, but he got the call over backup Tim Tebow, who was inactive as he recovers from two fractured ribs.

Jets fans chanted “Mc-El-Roy!” throughout the first three quarters as Sanchez failed to get any points for the Jets.

McElroy was a seventh-round pick last year, who missed all of the 2011 season with a thumb injury.

For Arizona on Sunday, former Alabama safety Rashad Johnson had a tackle.

In other games involving former Alabama players:

–Cleveland won two in a row for the first time this year, beating Oakland 20-17. Browns running back Trent Richardson had 72 yards on 20 carries. He scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter, giving him eight touchdowns for the season. In addition, he caught three passes for 23 yards.

–Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had two tackles, including a sack, in a 20-13 win over San Diego. For his sack, he brought down Philip Rivers for a 2-yard loss in the third quarter. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick didn’t make any tackles and left the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

For the Chargers, fullback Le’Ron McClain caught three passes for 16 yards.

–Linebacker Courtney Upshaw had four tackles in Baltimore’s 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh, while teammate Terrence Cody, a noseguard, added two tackles. Cody also deflected a pass.

–New England beat Miami 23-16 as the Patriots got three tackles from defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick and two from linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

–Defensive back Kareem Jackson had two tackles and two passes defended as the Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 24-10.

–Kansas beat Carolina 27-21, and cornerback Javier Arenas had two tackles for the winners, plus a pass defended. He didn’t run back any punts.

–Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron had four tackles in a 31-23 loss to Denver.

–Tonight, Philadelphia (guard Evan Mathis and linebacker DeMeco Ryans) will face Dallas. Ex-Tide safety Charlie Peprah plays for the Cowboys but is out with a foot injury.

–On Thursday, wide receiver Julio Jones caught five passes for 48 yards as the Atlanta Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints 23-13. For New Orleans, safety Roman Harper had five tackles, and running back Mark Ingram rushed six times for 13 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

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Tide in the NFL: Julio, Trent score big touchdowns

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) is shoved out of bounds by Tampa Bay safety Ahmad Black (43) during the second quarter. (AP photo by Brian Blanco)

Wide receiver Julio Jones scored on an 80-yard touchdown play and helped Atlanta beat Tampa Bay 24-23 on Sunday.

Jones caught six passes for a career-high 147 yards. It marked his fourth game this season to gain more than 100 yards.

On the Falcons’ game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, Jones caught a 15-yard pass and was stopped by former Alabama teammate Mark Barron. Barron finished with five tackles for the Bucs.

Other top performances of former Alabama players Sunday in the NFL:

–Cleveland beat Pittsburgh 20-14, and Trent Richardson scored the winning points on a 15-yard run in the third quarter. He rushed 29 times for 85 yards and caught four passes for another 27 yards. Richardson has seven touchdowns this season.

Buffalo’s Marcel Dareus brings down Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck on Sunday. (AP photo by Michael Conroy)

–Defensive lineman Marcel Dareus had five tackles in Buffalo’s 20-13 loss to Indianapolis. He also had a sack of the Colts’ Andrew Luck for a 7-yard loss.

–Running back Mark Ingram gained 27 yards on 10 carries as New Orleans lost to San Francisco 31-21. Safety Roman Harper had seven tackles, including one for lost yardage.

–Defensive back Javier Arenas made a team-high five tackles in Kansas City’s 17-9 loss to Denver. He also defended two passes and returned two punts for 23 yards.

–Cincinnati defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry made his third sack in six games as the Bengals beat Oakland 34-10. He brought down Carson Palmer for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter.

Gilberry finished with three tackles, while defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick had one. For Oakland, linebacker Rolando McClain had six stops.

–Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw had two tackles, including a 4-yard sack of Phillip Rivers, in a 16-13 overtime win over San Diego. Noseguard Terrence Cody had two tackles for Baltimore. For the Chargers, linebacker Jarret Johnson had two tackles and combined on a sack.

–Arizona safety Rashad Johnson had a tackle as the Cardinals lost to the Rams 31-17.

–On Monday night, Philadelphia (guard Evan Mathis and middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans) will face Carolina.

–In the Canadian Football League, Calgary lost to Toronto in 100th Grey Cup 35-22. Former Alabama linebacker Juwan Simpson had four tackles for the Calgary Stampeders.

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Tide in the NFL: Big days for Johnson, Richardson, Ingram

Arizona Cardinals strong safety Rashad Johnson (49) returned his interception 34 yards to set up a touchdown. (AP photo by David Goldman)

Arizona safety Rashad Johnson, a fourth-year NFL player out of Alabama, intercepted a Matt Ryan pass on the first play of the Cardinals’ 23-19 loss to Atlanta.

Johnson returned it 34 yards to the Arizona 9, and the Cardinals eventually scored the game’s first touchdown. It marked Johnson’s second career interception, with his first coming in 2010 against Minnesota. He also had a tackle Sunday and a fumble recovery, although the Cardinals didn’t turn that turnover into points.

For the Falcons, wide receiver Julio Jones caught three passes for 33 yards.

In other games involving former Alabama players:

Alabama fans might appreciate the wrist band Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is wearing today. (Photo of broadcast image by Alaina Fondren)

–In Arlington, Texas, Cleveland lost to Dallas 23-20 in overtime as Browns running back Trent Richardson had another good game. He rushed for 95 yards on 28 carries and caught six passes for 49 yards.

Cowboys safety Charlie Peprah had one tackle.

–In Sunday night’s game, Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw had three tackles in a 13-10 win over Pittsburgh. He recovered a fumble on the last play, returning it 5 yards.

–Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had three tackles and defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick two as the Cincinnati Bengals beat Kansas City 28-6. For the Chiefs, cornerback Javier Arenas had three tackles and returned three punts for 30 yards.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram runs for a 27-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of Sunday’s win over Oakland. (AP photo by Ben Margot)

–Running back Mark Ingram rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries in New Orleans’ 38-17 win over Oakland. He scored a touchdown on a 27-yard run. Saints safety Roman Harper had a team-high 11 stops, one pass defended and one tackle for loss. He also intercepted a pass, his second of the year and sixth of his career. For the Raiders, linebacker Rolando McClain had 10 tackles, including one for loss.

–Philadelphia linebacker DeMeco Ryans had seven tackles in a 31-6 loss to Washington.

–Tampa Bay beat Carolina 27-21 in overtime as Bucs safety Mark Barron had three tackles, including one when he brought down Cam Newton 2 yards behind the line.

–In Buffalo’s 19-14 win over Miami, defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had four tackles and one pass defended.

–Houston beat Jacksonville 43-37 in overtime as cornerback Kareem Jackson had five tackles and one pass defended.

–Linebacker Dont’a Hightower and defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick each had two tackles as New England beat Indianapolis 59-24. Hightower also defended a pass.

–San Diego linebacker Jarret Johnson made a tackle in a 30-23 loss to Denver. His stop of Ronnie Hillman resulted in a 1-yard loss.

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Tide in the NFL: TDs for Julio, Trent

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) scores on a 63-yard touchdown pass. (AP photo by Mel Evans)

New England Patriots players, left to right, defensive back Nate Ebner, strong safety Tavon Wilson, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower, during the second half at Wembley Stadium in London. (AP photo by Alastair Grant)

Former Alabama All-America receiver Julio Jones has a 63-yard touchdown reception for the Atlanta Falcons today, and ex-Tide teammate Trent Richardson rushed for a touchdown for Cleveland.

Jones had five catches for 123 yards as his Falcons beat the Phladelphia Eagles 30-17. He also rushed one time for a 9-yard gain. Middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had nine tackles for the Eagles, including two stops for loss.

Cleveland beat San Diego 7-6 as Richardson had 122 rushing yards on 24 carries and the game’s only touchdown. He ran 26 yards in the first quarter for the score. He also caught a 12-yard pass.

For the Chargers, fullback Le’Ron McClain carried twice for 5 yards, and linebacker Jarret Johnson had a pair of tackles.

Results of other former Alabama players in the NFL:

–New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower had a tackle in the Patriots’ 45-7 win over St. Louis. Defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick had two tackles for the Pats.

–Denver beat New Orleans 34-14 as Saints running back Mark Ingram has 7 rushing yards on three carries. Defensive back Roman Harper has nine tackles and two passes defended for New Orleans.

–Oakland beat Kansas City 26-16 as Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain had four tackles, including a sack of Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn. McClain forced a fumble on the play, but Kansas City recovered.

For the Chiefs, Javier Arenas returned five punts for 59 yards and made two tackle. His longest punt return was 27 yards. He also muffed a punt, which Oakland recovered and turned into a touchdown.

–On Thursday, Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron made two stops in a 36-17 win over Minnesota.

–On Monday, San Francisco will play Arizona (safety Rashad Johnson). Teams on a bye week include Baltimore (noseguard Terrence Cody and linebacker Courtney Upshaw), Buffalo (defensive tackle Marcell Dareus), Cincinnati (cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, offensive tackle Andre Smith and defensive end Wallace Gilberry) and Houston (cornerback Kareem Jackson and guard Antoine Caldwell).

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Injuries start to frustrate Trent Richardson

Cleveland Browns’ Trent Richardson (33) is tackled by the Indianapolis Colts’ Kavell Conner on Sunday. (AP photo by AJ Mast)

Injuries have slowed Trent Richardson’s rookie season in the NFL, and it’s starting to bother the former Alabama running back.

Knee surgery took him out of preseason, and he suffered a rib injury Oct. 14 against Cincinnati.

“It’s frustrating because I want to be out there all the time,” he said. “I want to be 100 percent and the league hasn’t seen me at 100 percent yet. I mean I had two surgeries in less than (six) months, so I still do a little rehab not to get off track and stuff. That’s just being a professional.”

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Tide in the NFL: Upshaw loses weight, Trent’s ribs bother him

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) hands the ball off to running back Trent Richardson. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson is off to a slow start in his rookie season with the Cleveland Browns, and the team is discussing shutting him down until his ribs heal.

A possibility would be sitting him through two games and a bye week, then letting him return Nov. 18 against Dallas. Richardson was benched midway through Sunday’s loss to the Colts.

“You just watch him, watch him practice, see where he’s at physically and if he’s ready to play, he’ll play,” Shurmur told the Plain Dealer of Cleveland. “If we see that this is bothering him to the point where he can’t perform, then we’ll make those decisions as we go.”

Meanwhile, former Alabama teammate Courtney Upshaw no longer is digging into his wallet to pay the Baltimore Ravens. The team has fined him since the training camp for being overweight.

He now is down to his prescribed weight of 270 pounds, so the fines have stopped.

“I didn’t even look at the fines,” Upshaw told the Baltimore Sun. “I just knew they were taking my money. That started getting me down.”

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Tide in the NFL: Trent aggravates his injury

Trent Richardson (33) is tackled by the Colts’ Kavell Conner. (AP photo by AJ Mast)

Trent Richardson re-injured his ribs in the second quarter of Cleveland’s game with Indianapolis, and the former Alabama running back remained on the bench for the rest of the game.

Richardson was hit in the side the previous week but played today with protection for his ribs. He finished with 8 yards on eight carries against the Colts and caught a pair of passes for 11 yards.

Richardson said Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur made the call to pull him from the game.

“The injury was pretty bad, I guess it limited me a lot,” Richardson told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “I sat down, so, you know, it just hurt me not being out there, hurt me inside not being out there.

“I didn’t want to come out. I said Pat knows what’s best. He made his decision, and I think he made a great decision.”

Houston Texans running back Justin Forsett (28) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (93) and Courtney Upshaw (91). (AP photo by Jose Yau of The Waco Tribune-Herald)

Other performances from former Alabama players today:

–Linebacker Dont’a Hightower had seven tackles in New England’s 29-26 win over the New York Jets. His biggest play was a 10-yard sack of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez late in the fourth quarter. Tied 23-23, New York faced third-and-seven at the New England 15 before Hightower made his play.

–The Houston Texans beat Baltimore 43-13 but linebacker Courtney Upshaw had four tackles for the Ravens, including one when he stopped Houston’s Arian Foster 2 yards behind the line in the third quarter.

Baltimore noseguard Terrence Cody and Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson each had two stops. Houston guard Antoine Caldwell did not start but did play off the bench. He came out of the previous game with a concussion. He also has dealt with an ankle sprain this season.

–Cincinnati defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry recovered a fumble in the Bengals’ 24-17 loss to Pittsburgh. Gilberry jumped on a fumble by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter at the Pittsburgh 8, setting up a Bengals touchdown on the next play.

–Middle linebacker Rolando McClain had five tackles as Oakland beat Jacksonville 26-23 in overtime.

–Running back Mark Ingram had 21 rushing yards on seven carries as the New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Bucs 35-28. Also for the Saints, safety Roman Harper had five tackles. For the Bucs, safety Mark Barron made seven tackles and had one pass defended.

–Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had a tackle as the Buffalo Bills lost to the Tennessee Titans 35-34.

–Several teams are off this week, including Philadelphia (linebacker DeMeco Ryans and guard Evan Mathis), Atlanta (wide receiver Julio Jones and guard Mike Johnson), Kansas City (defensive back Javier Arenas) and San Diego (fullback Le’Ron McClain and linebacker Jarret Johnson).

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VIP fan visits with Trent at Browns practice

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan made news Tuesday on his visit to a Cleveland Browns complex when confused backup quarterback Colt McCoy with starter Brandon Weeden.

Count former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a fan of ex-Alabama star Trent Richardson. (AP photo by Mark Duncan)

But another VIP visiting the complex with Ryan — former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – had no trouble identifying the one Browns player she wanted to meet: running back Trent Richardson.

Rice is from Birmingham, and she appreciates what Richardson accomplished at Alabama. Here are the two paragraphs from The Associated Press story dealing with Rice and Richardson:

Rice has spent time at Cleveland’s training facility before. She’s been a fan of the Browns since she was a little girl growing up in Birmingham, Ala., where she and her father would watch the team’s games on television. Rice went out of her way to speak with Browns running back Trent Richardson, who played at Alabama.

“She told me she was a big fan and she said, ‘Roll Tide,’” Richardson said. “She mentioned my name when she was talking to the team so that was an honor.”

Richardson is listed as “limited” because of chest and rib issues in the Cleveland Browns injury report released Wednesday. The Browns play at Indianapolis at noon Sunday. Richardson said he plans to play with some kind of protection over his ribs.

Through six games, Richardson has rushed for 340 yards and caught 22 passes for 186 yards. He has five touchdowns, which is sixth in the NFL.

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Tide in the NFL: Barron gets interception, Richardson hurt

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) finished with 37 rushing yards and hurt his ribs. (AP photo by Tony Dejak)

Detroit receiver Nate Burleson is tackled by Philadelphia linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59), who finished with 13 stops. (AP photo by Andre L. Smith of The Wilmington News-Journal)

Tampa Bay rookie safety Mark Barron pulled off his first career interception Sunday in a 38-10 win over Kansas City.

The Chiefs had driven to the Bucs’ 16 in the first quarter, but Barron intercepted a Brady Quinn pass and returned it 12 yards. In addition, he made a team-high eight tackles, including two behind the line.

Barron’s former Alabama teammate, Trent Richardson, was hurt in Cleveland’s 34-24 win over Cincinnati. The rookie running back took a helmet to the side early in the game.

He rushed for 37 yards on 14 carries for the Browns and caught a pair of passes for 17 more yards, but spent much of the second half on the bench. The Plain Dealer of Cleveland is reporting Richardson will have an MRI exam on his ribs Monday.

“I took a shot, but I’ll be back,” Richardson told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “I’ll be ready for next week.”

Other performances by former Alabama players:

–Cincinnati defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry sacked Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden for a 9-yard loss.

–Kansas City cornerback Javier Arenas returned two punts for 11 yards and made a tackle.

–Atlanta beat Oakland 23-20 as Falcons receiver Julio Jones had four catches for 65 yards. For the Raiders, middle linebacker Rolando McClain made three tackles, including one behind the line.

–Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had three tackles as the Buffalo Bills beat Arizona 19-16 in overtime. For the Cardinals, defensive back Rashad Johnson had a tackle.

–Baltimore Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw set a season-high with six tackles in a 31-29 win over Dallas. Nose tackle Terrence Cody added three tackles.

–Middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans made 13 tackles in Philadelphia’s 26-23 loss to Detroit. Three of his stops were for lost yardage.

–Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson had two tackles, but his Texans fell 42-24 to Green Bay.

–The New Orleans Saints (Mark Ingram and Roman Harper) had a bye this week, and the San Diego Chargers (Le’Ron McClain and Jarret Johnson) will play Monday night against Denver.

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Trent Richardson makes new fans in New Jersey

A fan posted this short video of Trent Richardson signing autographs while in New Jersey.

Apparently, the fan came away impressed. He posted this with the video: “The former Alabama star and current Browns rookie was all class when he passed through NJ for a game vs. the Giants. He signed multiples for the 4 collectors who asked.”

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Tide in the NFL: Trent sets Browns rookie mark

Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw (91) battles with Kansas City guard Ryan Lilja (65) to recover a fumble. Upshaw won the race. (AP photo by Colin E. Braley)

Cleveland’s Trent Richardson rushes past Giants defensive back Prince Amukamara (20) for a touchdown during the first quarter. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

Trent Richardson scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter of the Cleveland Browns’ 41-27 loss Sunday to the New York Giants, setting a team record in the process.

Richardson has scored a rushing touchdown in four straight games now, and no rookie in franchise history can match that, not even Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who led the NFL in rushing (942 yards) and rushing touchdowns (nine) during his rookie season in 1957.

This gives Richardson five touchdowns for the season. He entered today’s game tied for second in the NFL in touchdowns. As has happened often this season, the Browns trailed the whole second half and threw a lot in an attempt to catch up. As a result, Richardson carried the ball only 17 times for 81 yards, with 67 of those yards coming before intermission. He gained 47 receiving yards on five catches.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan congratulates wide receiver Julio Jones of Alabama on his touchdown. (AP photo by Susan Walsh)

–Saints safety Roman Harper had a big game in New Orleans’ 31-24 win over San Diego. He had six tackles, including one for a loss, and three passes defended. In addition, he intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and returned in 41 yards to set up a field goal.

New Orleans running back Mark Ingram carried five times for 16 yards. For San Diego, linebacker Jarret Johnson had three stops, including one for loss.

–For this afternoon’s Denver-New England game, the Patriots declared injured linebacker Dont’a Hightower (hamstring) inactive. New England won 31-21.

–Buffalo defensive lineman Marcell Dareus recovered a fumble and made two tackles, while fellow defensive lineman Mark Anderson added three stops. The Bills still lost 45-3 to San Francisco.

–Wide receiver Julio Jones caught 10 passes for 94 yards and had one rushing attempt for a yard as the Falcons beat Washington 24-17. Jones caught an 18-yard touchdown pass early in the final period. He also made a 29-yard reception to put the Falcons in position for the winning touchdown.

–Baltimore beat Kansas City 9-6. The Ravens’ Courtney Upshaw had two tackles and a fumble recovery, while teammate Terrence Cody had a pair of stops. The Chiefs’ Javier Arenas has a tackle and four punt returns for 8 yards.

–Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had a tackle in Cincinnati’s 17-13 loss to Miami.

–Linebacker DeMeco Ryans made a season-high 12 tackles as Philadelphia lost to Pittsburgh 16-14.

–In Thursday’s game, Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson had a pair of tackles as Arizona fell to St. Louis 17-3.

–Oakland (Rolando McClain) and Tampa Bay (Mark Barron) had a bye week. On Monday night, Houston (Kareem Jackson and Antoine Caldwell) will face the New York Jets (Greg McElroy).

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