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Trent Richardson | Running Back

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 225
College: Alabama
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ESPN's Mike Wells doesn't see any way the Colts can repair their relationship with Trent Richardson.
Richardson is owed a guaranteed $3.18 million, but the Colts can void his salary due to a team-imposed suspension. He remains a strong candidate to be cut despite a looming NFLPA battle. Releasing Richardson would leave Dan Herron, Zurlon Tipton, and Vick Ballard as the Colts' only running backs. Feb 28 - 5:23 PM

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Sources tell the Indianapolis Star Trent Richardson's absence from the Colts' walk-through and team flight before the AFC Championship Game was due to "serious complications" with his girlfriend's pregnancy.

Per the sources, T-Rich's girlfriend was "experiencing contractions and appeared to be in premature labor at just 28 weeks of pregnancy." That would certainly be a valid reason to miss a walk-through, but sources say T-Rich didn't alert the team in a "timely manner." It's an important issue, as Richardson's resulting suspension means his fully guaranteed $3.184 million for 2015 could be voided. If the Colts take that step, they'll undoubtedly have a fight on their hands.
Feb 17 - 7:36 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Mike Wells that Trent Richardson struggled with weight issues last season and was "difficult to get in touch with."

Listed at 225, T-Rich reportedly ballooned all the way up to 240, and was seen running sprints after practice to work on his "conditioning." The Colts were also miffed when Richardson missed the team's walk-though the day before the AFC Championship Game. That earned Richardson a two-game suspension. The Colts can void the $3.1 million in guaranteed money Richardson is owed next season, though the Players Association would probably appeal that decision. Either way, the mega-bust isn't long for Indy.
Feb 9 - 1:40 PM

Former agent Joel Corry confirms Trent Richardson's suspension voids the guarantees on his $3.18M 2015 base salary.

Richardson was suspended during the playoffs for conduct detrimental to the team. He'll likely file a grievance through the NFLPA, but if the suspension stands then the Colts can dump their inept running back without paying him the final year of his guaranteed rookie contract. It would be a tiny silver lining for the franchise, who gave the Browns a first-round pick to acquire Richardson early in the 2013 season. He's been outperformed badly by players named Boom Herron and Zurlon Tipton.
Jan 27 - 10:28 AM

Trent Richardson's suspension will extend to Week 1 of the 2015 season if he remains with the Colts.

The suspension was purportedly for both the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl, but the Colts didn't make it to the Super Bowl. So T-Rich is technically suspended one more game. It's conceivable the Colts could use Richardson's suspension to free themselves from his 2015 guaranteed salary. The guarantees may void if Richardson's conduct was detrimental to the team.
Jan 23 - 1:51 PM

Colts GM Ryan Grigson declined to commit to Trent Richardson being back with the team in 2015.

This comes as a surprise to no one. Grigson also confirmed the Colts suspended Richardson for two games prior to the AFC Championship game loss to the Patriots because of "personal reasons." He wasn't going to play even if the Colts made it to the Super Bowl. Richardson is in real danger of losing his roster spot despite a fully-guaranteed $3.184 million salary. The Colts would be paying him just to make him disappear. Richardson needs to hit the gym this offseason.
Jan 23 - 12:19 PM

Trent Richardson was reportedly suspended for Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

In other words, he wasn't just a healthy scratch. There's not much difference, of course, but it casts doubt on his claim that he missed Saturday's walk-through because of a family emergency. Coach Chuck Pagano declined to elaborate on the situation Monday, saying only T-Rich was out because of "personal reasons." It's looking awful likely that Richardson has played his final snap as a Colt.
Jan 20 - 5:11 PM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano says Trent Richardson was inactive for the AFC Championship Game because of "personal reasons."

It appears Pagano is either buying into or going along with T-Rich's story that he missed Saturday's walk-through because of a family emergency. Either way, Sunday was Richardson's second straight healthy scratch. His time in Indy is likely at an end. Richardson's first order of business as he seeks a second chance will be shedding some weight.
Jan 19 - 5:52 PM

Trent Richardson insists he missed Saturday's walk-through because of a family situation.

Richardson, the Colts' No. 3 back throughout the playoffs, was not allowed to travel with the team after missing the walk-through. "I'm dealing with a very serious family emergency. I'm still at the hospital," he said Sunday. "I wouldn't purposely just miss walk-through." Richardson was a healthy scratch in the Divisional Round win at Denver. He's likely done in Indy even though his $3.2M contract for 2015 is guaranteed.
Jan 19 - 12:07 AM

Updating a previous item, Trent Richardson missed the Colts' Saturday morning walkthrough and wasn't allowed to travel with the team to New England.

The Colts left him at home in Indianapolis instead of bringing him to New England for the AFC title game. He'll be inactive for the second consecutive game. It's not a good combination to suck at football and miss team meetings ahead of the biggest game of the season. T-Rich will get to watch the game from his couch like the rest of us. Zurlon Tipton will back up workhorse Boom Herron.
Jan 18 - 9:24 AM

Trent Richardson did not travel with the team to New England due to "personal reasons."

Richardson will miss Sunday's AFC Championship Game after being a healthy scratch last week. He's fallen behind Dan Herron and Zurlon Tipton on the depth chart, and likely wouldn't have been active for special teams. Despite a fully guaranteed $3.2 million salary, Richardson is a candidate for offseason release.
Jan 17 - 3:03 PM

Trent Richardson says he'll never again be a healthy scratch.

"That situation will never happen to me again," a surprisingly-confident Richardson said Thursday. "Anybody can quote me, today, because it's never going to happen again." We suppose it's a good thing that T-Rich still has his confidence, but it will happen again, likely this Sunday as the Colts venture into New England to vie for the AFC's crown. Dead weight as a runner, Richardson wasn't ready for a special teams role in the Divisional Round. He's unlikely to have made enough progress in a week. Although Richardson's $3.184 million salary for 2015 is fully guaranteed, he's a strong candidate for release.
Jan 15 - 7:51 PM

Trent Richardson's 2015 base salary of $3,184,062 is fully guaranteed.

Richardson was embarrassingly a healthy scratch in the Divisional Round. He's fallen behind Boom Herron and Zurlon Tipton, and couldn't beat out Michael Hill for a special teams role. If the Colts bring T-Rich back at $3.18M, it will only be as a human shield to protect their other runners from accumulating too much wear and tear. They may decide to just eat his guaranteed salary.
Jan 13 - 8:55 AM

Trent Richardson is a healthy scratch for the Colts' Divisional Round game versus Denver.

Third on the depth chart behind Dan Herron and Zurlon Tipton, T-Rich was given a chance to earn a game-day helmet by practicing on the Colts' punt-coverage team this week. He apparently didn't show enough special teams prowess. The rest of the Colts' inactives are CB Jalil Brown, CB Sheldon Price, OLB Andy Muamba, OT Xavier Nixon, C Jonnothan Harrison, and DL Zach Kerr.
Jan 11 - 3:06 PM

Trent Richardson was working on the punt coverage unit during Thursday's practice.

Richardson is the Colts' No. 3 back, behind Boom Herron and Zurlon Tipton. Third running backs in the NFL typically have to contribute on special teams in order to dress. It's yet another deserved slap in the face to Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2012 who has 977 rushing yards in 32 career games as a Colt.
Jan 8 - 12:40 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andrew Luck
2Matt Hasselbeck
RB1Dan Herron
2Vick Ballard
3Zurlon Tipton
4Trent Richardson
5Jeff Demps
GLB1Dan Herron
2Zurlon Tipton
3RB1Dan Herron
2Zurlon Tipton
WR11T.Y. Hilton
2Griff Whalen
3Josh Lenz
4Kadron Boone
WR21Donte Moncrief
2Duron Carter
3Josh Cribbs
4Ryan Lankford
WR31Griff Whalen
TE1Dwayne Allen
2Coby Fleener
3Jack Doyle
4Erik Swoope
K1Adam Vinatieri