CLEVELAND — Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson is sore after taking a Bengals' helmet to the ribs.
However, his pain has been numbed by pleasure.
Richardson was limited Sunday after he was injured in the first quarter, but the Cleveland Browns overcame the loss of their top offensive player with a 34-24 win over Cincinnati to snap 11-game losing streak that stretched back to last November.
Richardson finished with just 37 yards on 14 carries and spent most of the second half on the sideline. But Richardson's backup, Montario Hardesty, picked up the slack and rushed for 56 yards and scored his first touchdown in the NFL as the Browns (1-5) also snapped a 12-game losing streak inside the AFC North.
"I took a shot, but I'll be back," said Richardson. "I'll be ready for next week."
The Browns had formulated their game plan to feature Richardson, who had rushed for 109 yards and scored two TDs against the Bengals (3-3) when the teams played last month in Cincinnati.