When discussing the Colts’ 17-13 win over the Browns, we mentioned that Browns running back Trent Richardson didn’t have a carry in the second half of the game and wondered if he might have wound up re-injuring the ribs that forced him out of last week’s victory over the Bengals.
Coach Pat Shurmur was asked about Richardson’s absence. The good news for the Browns is that their first-round pick didn’t re-injure his ribs, make the injury worse or pick up any new injury. The bad news is that Shurmur just benched Richardson in favor of Montario Hardesty because the coach felt that Richardson was ineffective.
Richardson had eight yards on eight carries in the first half and added 11 yards on two catches. Hardesty wound up with 28 yards on seven carries, so it seems that Shurmur made the right choice in terms of effectiveness.