Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson was deactivated for last week’s playoff victory over the Denver Broncos in favor of a free agent signed earlier in the week.
It’s quite the fall for the former No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft. However, Richardson vows that it won’t happen again.
“That situation will never happen to me again,”Richardson said, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. “Anybody can quote me, today, because it’s never going to happen again.”
Much to Richardson’s dismay, it may happen again Sunday in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.
Richardson had slid so far down the depth chart that the Colts deactivated him in favor of Michael Hill due to Hill’s experience and ability on special teams. Given Richardson’s lack of experience in special teams, it’s certainly possible the Colts make the same decision this week.
Richardson felt it was due to the rest of the running backs being “hotter” options at the time. To his benefit, Richardson said he’s trying to stay ready and prepare as if he’s going to play.
“Whatever coach do, I’m going to agree with it, I’m going to be happy with it, because that’s what’s best for the team,” Richardson said. “If he call me up and tell me I’m going to be playing, I’m going to be ready. If not, I’m going to be cheering my teammates on because it’s their game.”