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Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson has no plans to miss Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.

Coach Pat Shurmur said the rookie, who has damaged cartilage in his ribs, practiced Thursday and looked better than he did last week.

"He did a lot of work and you just do as much as you can to get them as good and as ready as they can be for 1 o'clock Sunday," Shurmur said.

Richardson vowed that he would be on the field Sunday and shunned the idea that he would stay on the sideline until the Browns' Nov. 11 bye week, according to The Plain Dealer.

"They already know what my mind-set is," Richardson said. "I'm not gonna sit down. That's just never been in me to sit down. I'm going to go out there and see what I can do."

Richardson, who missed most of training camp and the preseason after arthroscopic knee surgery, has rushed for 348 yards this season.

--Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings will have surgery on an abdominal tear Tuesday in Philadelphia in hopes of returning to the field later this season.

WBAY-TV reported Thursday that the surgery would not be season-ending.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy had said earlier on his radio show that Jennings might need surgery but didn't confirm the news that Jennings would undergo a procedure.

Jennings suffered a groin injury in the Packers' opener. He hasn't played in the past three games and has missed four of the last six while waiting for the injury to heal.

--Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon will continue to be sidelined indefinitely with a plantar plate tear in his right foot.

Garcon visited a specialist Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., who diagnosed the soft-tissue injury that causes pain when he pushes off on the foot, The Washington Times reported.

"We don't know what's going to happen with Pierre," coach Mike Shanahan said. "I'm taking this day by day, listen to the doctors, see what they recommend, and obviously I'm not going to force somebody to play if the doctors don't think he is ready or Pierre doesn't feel like he's ready."

Garcon said surgery is an option but that it likely would be season-ending.

The injury has limited Garcon to three games this season, with his best outing in the opener with four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.

--New York Jets coach Rex Ryan called on Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush to apologize for his comments about Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, and one of Revis' teammates apparently is looking for some payback Sunday.

Ryan said Wednesday that Bush should apologize for inferring after the Dolphins beat the Jets in Week 3 that Revis deserved his season-ending knee injury.

Before that game, Ryan's comments led Bush to believe the Jets were deliberately out to hurt him. Ryan said he was misunderstood and that he's not concerned this week about the Jets seeking retribution against Bush when the Dolphins visit Met Life Stadium.

"I apologized for my comments and I expect him to do the same," Ryan said.

Ryan's players don't appear to be in such a forgiving mood.

"We want to knock him out, but we're out to do it legally," Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin said of Bush.

--The Jacksonville Jaguars placed linebacker Daryl Smith on injured reserve due to a groin injury.

Smith, who has not play since before the preseason began, was given the team's "designated to return" label. He can return to practice after six weeks and be activated after eight weeks.

Smith was a second-round pick in 2004 by the Jaguars and has made 122 career starts.

--Tim Tebow might be one of the biggest names in the NFL, but his fellow players don't believe he deserves that status.

In a Sports Illustrated survey of 180 players, the New York Jets' backup quarterback was the runaway winner as the league's most overrated player.

According to multiple media reports, Tebow received 34 percent of the votes. The man Tebow understudies, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, tied with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo for second place at 8 percent.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick came in fourth place with 4 percent of the vote, and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis took fifth place at 3 percent.
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