Trent Richardson (hamstring) will be ready to go this week.
It sounds like Richardson may have been able to play against the Steelers but the team didn't want to force carries on him after not practicing all week. Richardson will go back to splitting time with Ahmad Bradshaw, with Boom Herron losing time. Indy travels to take on the Giants on Monday night.
Trent Richardson (hamstring) missed practice all week and is a bit of a surprise active today for Colts. He should not be started for fantasy purposes. Dan Herron may still get some additional work. Hakeem Nicks will start in place of Reggie Wayne. Donte Moncrief will also be in the mix.
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm
Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 8. The Colts play in the late round of games on Sunday, so it could be tough to capitalize on Richardson's absence. Bradshaw certainly gets a bump while Dan Herron could see 8-12 carries if Richardson is sidelined. Herron isn’t a bad Plan B for T-Rich owners who want to wait and see if he’s active.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm
Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Richardson’s injury isn’t deemed serious, but this is something to monitor. Dan Herron would get a significant amount of snaps if T-Rich can’t play.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm
Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Richardson’s injury isn’t deemed serious, but this is something to monitor. Dan Herron would get a significant amount of snaps if T-Rich can’t play.
That left Ahmad Bradshaw to carry the load, and while he did fumble he also scored two TDs. Richardson tweeted he would be fine, but we can't always depend on a player for an accurate injury update. Daniel Herron chipped in with five carries. Richardson had rushed 14 times for 77 yards before getting hurt so he was running well. Indy plays in a late afternoon game in Week 8 against the Steelers so owners will need a backup plan in case he's a game-time call.
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:05pm
"One guy starts breathing a little bit heavy and I look at him and he looks a little bit tired, I say, 'Hey, why don't we get (Bradshaw) in the game?' " coach Chuck Pagano said. "So Trent comes out, (Bradshaw) goes in, rips off a 10-yard gain, catches a touchdown pass. Trent goes in, runs a touchdown right on the goal line."
So far, there's been plenty of room for both to thrive.
"It takes care of itself," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "There are times where we have specific plays for Trent and then we have certain plays that we would prefer to have Ahmad run. But at the end of the day, we understand that when you run 82 plays in a game, you want to keep your guys fresh."
The committee situation makes both players flex plays most weeks. This week, even in a tough matchup, Bradshaw is ranked 22nd and Richardson 32nd in standard formats. Bradshaw, of course, has more value in a PPR league and gets a bump to 20th in our rankings. The Ravens are 2nd in allowing fantasy points to RBs so start either with caution this week.
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:19am
After averaging only 2.9 yards a carry last season, Richardson has increased his average to 3.8 yards this season while basically sharing the backfield load with Ahmad Bradshaw. Richardson had long runs of 15 and 27 yards in each of the past two games.
Too often Richardson was met by multiple defenders behind the line of scrimmage and went down on initial contact last season. He has improved on that. Ninety of his 156 yards rushing have come after initial contact.
And when teams have put eight players in the box? Richardson has rushed for 45 yards on 11 attempts for a 4.1 average when that has happened this season.
Richardson credits the improved offensive line and playing with Bradshaw, who is averaging 6.0 yards a carry.
Colts beat writer Mike Wells: Not starting Trent Richardson would be admitting that the trade with Cleveland was a complete bust. Richardson will continue to be the starter, but Ahmad Bradshaw will get his fair amount of carries with his load continuing to increase if Richardson can’t hold onto the ball. Richardson was going to be one of the most talked-about players in the Philly game if the Colts had won because he had his best rushing game (79 yards) since coming to Indianapolis in September 2013. Richardson was talked about a lot after the game, but not in a good way. The Colts recovered his first fumble, but his second one led to an Eagles touchdown and played a significant factor in why they lost the game.
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 4:31pm
LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), G Joe Reitz (ankle)
DT Josh Chapman (ankle), C Khaled Holmes (ankle), DT Arthur Jones (shoulder)
For the Colts, Ahmad Bradshaw and Reggie Wayne appear as probable ( both not injury related) and practiced fully on Friday and Saturday. Bradshaw is expected to split carries with Trent Richardson and Wayne has a great matchup against the Eagles secondary.
Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm
Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. We feel that Bradshaw is the best fantasy start of the Colts running backs despite his limited role alongside Trent Richardson.
When the Colts finally are able to achieve the healthier play-selection balance they seek, you can expect to continue to see both Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw combining efforts in the offensive backfield.
In fact, Richardson – who the Colts traded a first-round pick to Cleveland to acquire last season – would prefer it that way.
"I think it's going to be a good, equal load," Richardson said. "Ahmad knows that once I get tired or once I'm winded, when I look to that sideline or he looks to the sideline, we know how to complement each other. It can be a drive where we have it going. I might have to look to the sideline and say, 'Come get me.' And I know if he does that to go get him. We work well together."
"From game to game, it'll be different depending on the score and how we're using different personnel groups," coach Chuck Pagano said.
"They're both more than capable of being every-down backs. They're both good in pass protection. They're both good out of the backfield. Whether it's Ahmad out there or Trent out there, I feel good about both those guys."
We're expecting Bradshaw to outproduce Richardson because he's the better running back. He's also injury prone, so he's not dependable, but as long as he's active and healthy, he holds RB3/flex appeal.
If Richardson can't improve upon his preseason average of 2.6 yards per carry, Grigson will need to explore alternatives beyond injury-prone veteran Ahmad Bradshaw and unproven Dan "Boom" Herron.
Leshoure would provide more depth at running back after Vick Ballard's season-ending injury. He could also push Richardson to be the primary back if T-Rich continues to disappoint. Bradshaw would still be the most talented back in Indianapolis, but his neck injury makes him unreliable as a bell cow.
Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano was asked about the team's running game and he said, "it's going to be a work in progress the whole season."
The whole season, and he's not even specifically talking about running back Trent Richardson. Pagano was talking about the whole unit.
The Colts will be fine when it comes to their passing game, but they need some kind of production out of running backs Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw and Daniel "Boom" Herron to keep the defense honest.
"I don't think it's where we want it," Pagano said about their ground game. "I think we're headed in the right direction. ...We're still working at it. We've had some lineup changes, obviously, on the offensive line. We went through a whole season last year with that, from a continuity standpoint getting those guys together. We got (tight end) Dwayne (Allen) back."
Pagano doesn't sound the least bit positive about the running game, but it could be a motivational tool. Indianapolis is averaging 3.5 yards a carry as a team in the preseason while also dealing with injuries at center and right guard in the preseason. Starting center Khaled Holmes has missed the past two games with an ankle injury and guard Jack Mewhort missed a game with a knee issue. Richardson and Bradshaw have some mid-to-later round potential depending on your league format.
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