INDIANAPOLIS – Trent Richardson wanted more work in Cleveland. Hes about to get his wish in Indianapolis.
Less than two weeks after being traded from the Browns, the 2012 first-round draft pick will be given more carries and a bigger role Sunday after starter Ahmad Bradshaw was ruled out with a neck injury.
Bradshaw wont be the only starter missing Sunday.
Coach Chuck Pagano said Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry would miss his second straight game with an ankle injury, while defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois was ruled out with a groin injury. Jean Francois left the San Francisco game early. Neither has practiced this week.
Richardson, who has been studying his playbook relentlessly, said hes ready.
Ive been learning the game plan every day and sticking my face in that playbook two hours after practice, an hour before practice, at the meetings and stuff, Richardson said. Ive been studying hard so I feel like that work load, Im ready to go for it.
The Colts (2-1) dont have much choice.
When they practiced Friday, the only healthy running backs on the active roster were Richardson, Donald Brown, another former first-rounder, and fullback Stanley Havili. Indianapolis could activate rookie Kerwynn Williams, a seventh-round draft pick, from the practice squad.
Notes: The Colts listed safety Joe Lefeged as questionable with a knee injury, and receiver T.Y. Hilton as probable with a toe injury. ... Three more starters – linebacker Pat Angerer (knee), safety Antoine Bethea (toe) and center Samson Satele (elbow) – are probable.