Trent Richardson can't miss offseason time

February, 20, 2014
Feb 20
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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson had what’s being described as a “minor” procedure done on his shoulder after the season ended.

Richardson
The procedure isn’t expected to impact his offseason.

There’s no other player on the Colts’ roster who needs a complete offseason more than Richardson.

Not receiver Da’Rick Rogers. Not even offensive lineman Khaled Holmes.

Richardson – and the Colts – need a strong offseason to prove the he’s worth the first-round pick they gave the Cleveland Browns for him last September because the trade doesn't favor Indianapolis at the moment.

Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft, never found a rhythm last season. He was hesitant, instead of running with force and speed. That’s part of the reason why he only rushed for 458 yards on 157 carries and eventually lost his starting job to Donald Brown.

“Learn the system, not just memorizing it,” Richardson said about his offseason plans at the end of the season. “Learning the whole concept of the system. There's a difference between having it memorized and feeling comfortable with the system. I’m going to talk to a lot of veteran players, talk to Adrian [Peterson], talk to [LaDainian Tomlinson], talk to Emmitt Smith to make sure I’m the best I need to be next year.”

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano will address the media during the scouting combine on Friday.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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