Indianapolis Colts feature back Trent Richardson wasn’t able to practice on Wednesday or Thursday due to an ankle injury that didn’t seem significant at the beginning of the week, but ended up becoming something notable due to the two practice sessions that Richardson missed. However, Richardson was able to return to a limited practice today, and the Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell reports that the Colts have officially listed Richardson as questionable on their injury report.
Since Richardson was able to return to practice today and his ankle injury doesn’t seem overly serious, I would be surprised to see him miss this week’s game against the St. Louis Rams. Although he has been a flat-out disappointment so far following the trade to Indy, it’s still a lot better for the Colts to have a backfield of Trent Richardson and Donald Brown, as opposed to Brown being the No. 1 back.
Brown has played pretty well lately, and it will be interesting to see how both backs split carries this week against the Rams, especially considering that Richardson has yet to average over four yards per carry in a game this season. In fact, he’s averaged just 2.5 and 2.6 yards per carry in each of the past two games, and it’s important for him to step up in order for Andrew Luck to have a more efficient running game to fall back on in the aftermath of Reggie Wayne’s injury.