Richardson was traded by the Browns in mid-September for a 2014 first-round pick. In nine games with the Colts, he’s continued to struggle, rushing for 287 yards on 103 carries (2.8 avg) with two touchdowns and totaling just 127 receiving yards.
He will be benched in favor of Donald Brown, a 2009 first-rounder out of Syracuse, who has averaged 5.7 yards per carry in 57 attempts for the team. He’s been a much more efficient complement to quarterback Andrew Luck in his limited opportunities thus far.
NFL Network colleague Ian Rapoport shared, via a Colts source, that: “It’s a bottom-line biz. Change needed to be made. Donald is our most productive guy.” He said that the team still believes in the 23-year-old Richardson for its future.
Just a few weeks ago, Rapoport reported that the Colts still “absolutely” would make the trade with the Browns for Richardson. Yet with each passing day and with this news today, it’s continuing to look better and better for CEO Joe Banner and GM Michael Lombardi.
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