By: Chris Dommermuth
Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson’s playing status is “uncertain” for this week’s match up against the Colts. Richardson took a helmet to his rib injury during the first quarter of the Browns win over the Bengals last Sunday.
He avoided any breaks or fractures, but has still been listed as day-to-day with a “rib cartilage” injury. Richardson playing comes down to if he can handle the pain on game day. A decision will probably be made during warm ups on Sunday.
If Richardson can’t go, back up Montario Hardesty will get the start. Hardesty played well in Richardson’s absence rushing for 56 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals.
The Colts rank 29th in the league in rush defense, so whom ever get’s the start will be a nice play. If you own Richardson, claim Hardesty off waivers in hopes you obtain the handcuff. You could then wait for the game time decision before making any decision.
Richardson has somewhat underperformed in the running game having just one 100-yard game, but he has found the end zone in 4 of his last 5 games and has done a nice job in the passing game with 21 catches during that same span. Richardson is a must-start option when healthy.