September 19, 2013

Richardson trade is high risk, high reward

Ed Nason
Colts Columnist

---- — With the Colts losing their third starter in just two games to injuries it was time for an upgrade to give the team a boost.

The Colts traded next year’s first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for running back Trent Richardson on Wednesday night. Let’s hope this big gamble pays off as the Colts will need more than Luck.

Richardson entered the NFL draft his junior season at Alabama in 2012. He was projected to be one of the best running backs to come out of the draft in years. The Browns moved up in the draft to make sure Richardson was available. The Browns ended up drafting him third overall. They signed him to a four-year deal for $20.4 million (fully guaranteed) with a $13.6 million signing bonus.

Richardson has already had two knee procedures. The first one being February, 2012 before the 2012 Draft that kept him out of the Combine. The second just six months later in August, 2012, an arthroscopic surgery to clean up and remove some cartilage fragments.

Richardson’s second procedure kept him out of the entire preseason, as a rookie this is huge. Richardson still ended up with 950 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns. He also had 367 receiving yards, so that was over 1,300 all-purpose yards for a rookie.

With the Colts losing veteran running back Vick Ballard to season ending ACL injury last week, Ryan Grigson, Colts general manager, went after depth. The Colts have stated they want to run the ball more effective this year and now those words speak volume.

The Colts needed this addition if they wanted to keep pressure off franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. Let’s hope the offensive line can hold up as this is key to a good running game.

Colts TE Allen out for year

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts tight end Dwayne Allen will miss the rest of the season because of a hip injury.

The Colts already had lost starting running back Vick Ballard and starting left guard Donald Thomas to season-ending injuries. Ballard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last Thursday. Thomas has torn a quad tendon in his right leg and is scheduled for surgery on Thursday.

Allen started all 16 regular-season games as a rookie last season and caught 45 passes for 521 yards, earning a reputation as a solid pass catcher and blocker. He caught a touchdown pass in the season-opening win against Oakland but was inactive for last Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Colts had hoped he would heal with rest, but doctors said surgery would be required.

Ed Nason is a Colts columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached through the sports department at 574-732-5180 or