Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Trent Richardson had offseason shoulder surgery

Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

After a disappointing 2013 season, Colts running back Trent Richardson had recent surgery. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Richardson underwent a scope in his shoulder, per Kevin Patra of NFL.com Around the League.

Richardson has battled injuries in both NFL seasons, including a knee injury before the 2012 season that required arthroscopic surgery as well. He is expected to recover from this surgery in plenty of time for the start of the 2014 season.

After failing to live up to his third overall draft status for not one, but two teams so far, Richardson will be among the most scrutinized players next season. You have to figure that he gets another shot as the Colts feature back because of what they gave up to get him, even though Donald Brown thoroughly outplayed Richardson last year.

After flashing his elite talent as a rookie in Cleveland, Richardson did little for the Colts to compensate for the first round pick they gave up to get him after Week 2. The former Alabama standout averaged 2.9 yards per carry and three TDs on 157 rushes for Indy.

Although most scouts had him as a sure thing in the 2012 Draft, Richardson has been the “ordinary talent” that Jim Brown proclaimed him to be in the NFL. Assuming he makes a full recovery from this surgery, Richardson might be smart to drop some weight for the 2014 season, because he couldn’t break any big runs last season.

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