Will he or won't he? That's the big question right now surrounding Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson.
Thought to be lost for the season after tearing his ACL in a non-contact drill during the spring, hope was revived that he might return this season after a few enthusiastic tweets and a couple of comments from head coach Jon Embree at media day.
Kyle Ringo at the Daily Camera has the scoop, and is reporting that Richardson will miss at least the first two games of the season. Here's what Embree told Ringo:
“He's not ready,” Embree said. “He hasn't run any routes really yet. He hasn't done any team work, timing, all those issues.
“He'll have to get some time with us -- when I say us, I mean the players on the field -- before we say, 'Yeah, he's ready to go.'"
Colorado's first two games are against in-state rival Colorado State and FCS Sacramento State. Embree also said that it's possible Richardson could be back for the Sept. 15 game against Fresno State. If that's the case, that's phenomenal news for Buffs fans. A bona fide playmaker like Richardson would certainly be a nice boost for new quarterback Jordan Webb and a young receiving corps.
Even if he doesn't make it back, you have to admire the guy's work ethic. That's how you lead by example. I'm guessing a lot of the younger Colorado players are paying attention to Richardson and the work he's putting in to getting back on the field.