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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Colts' Trent Richardson undergoes shoulder surgery


By on 2/20/2014 06:15:00 PM

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Indianapolis Colts' running back Trent Richardson underwent shoulder surgery after the Colts' 43-22 playoff loss to the New England Patriots last January.

As mentioned by Rapoport, the injury will not impede Richardson's ability to be ready for offseason activities, and the procedure was only minor arthroscopic surgery .

With the Colts' running back position being called a "wide-open" competition this offseason, any time not spent improving on a disappointing 2013 campaign for Richardson is a setback.

Sean McMahon, 49ersLife.com

Despite his inept showing last season, Richardson will still have first crack at the starting gig in 2014, as Donald Brown is set to test the free agency on March 11th. While his performance last season should be enough to push him down the depth chart, Richardson is still in a favorable situation in Indianapolis.

The Colts will forever be subject to scrutiny after trading away a first round pick for Richardson, and will stand by the decision to obtain him until they are absolutely forced to admit failure.

Richardson is currently recovering from the surgery, and will use this downtime to focus on the playbook so he feels comfortable operating within it this upcoming season. While he committed the majority of the playbook to memory last season, he struggled to find his comfort level in the offense, and will now look to outside sources to better understand why he faltered last season. Richardson is said to be seeking the help of Adrian Peterson, Emmitt Smith, and LaDainian Tomlinson.

Reports are that Richardson is expecting himself to "put on a big show every weekend" in 2014. For a running back that is said to have confidence issues, perhaps he should taper expectations and start hitting holes with speed and stop dancing behind an offensive line that struggled to start the same unit on a week-to-week basis.


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