The Colts haven’t gotten quite as much production as they might have hoped from running back Trent Richardson since making a trade for him earlier this season and this weekend isn’t shaping up to be his big breakout game.
Richardson missed a second straight practice on Thursday because of an ankle injury. Richardson wasn’t forced out of last Sunday night’s victory over the Texans, but he’s clearly being bothered by something because missing two days in a row usually isn’t a sign that player’s just getting rest.
Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports that Richardson is expected to play against the Rams on Sunday, although Holder’s colleague Mike Chappell reports that offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is at least considering the possibility that Richardson won’t be able to play. Hamilton said the team would keep their playbook intact if Donald Brown had to take over for Richardson.
Richardson has 248 yards on 83 carries in six games since joining the Colts and hasn’t contributed much in the passing game with just four catches. That’s not quite what you’d like to get in exchange for a first-round pick, though there’s no sign that the Colts are souring on the second-year man.