In mid-September, when the Colts shipped a first-round pick to the Browns in exchange for Trent Richardson, they were addressing an immediate need, as Vick Ballard had gone down with a season-ending knee injury. They also relished bringing in a player who just two years ago was the third overall pick in the NFL draft and had a running style the Colts saw as a perfect fit for them.
But his fumble against the Chiefs may have been Richardson’s sophomore season in a nutshell. In 14 games with the Colts, he ran for just 458 yards. He had nearly as many fumbles (3) as touchdowns (4).
But from a technical standpoint, he was solid, never missing an assignment. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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