The Colts think Trent Richardson will be ready to be their primary ball carrier on Sunday in San Francisco, just five days after he was acquired in a trade with the Browns.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Richardson will be given “as much as he can handle” against the 49ers and that they didn’t trade for Richardson so he could stand on the sidelines.
“We did not bring him in here to be the water boy on Sunday,” he said. “He’ll be ready to roll.”
Pagano said he saw a lot of Richardson’s college career at Alabama and was always very impressed with what Richardson could do.
“We know what he brings to the table as a runner, as a pass catcher as a protector so we feel, obviously, very excited,” Pagano said.
Pagano said when Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson told him there was a chance they could acquire Richardson, he was so excited that he wasn’t sure if it was for real. So he asked Grigson, “Are you being serious? Are you messing with me?”
Grigson was serious. And Pagano is serious about getting Richardson the ball on Sunday.