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Richardson had 21 carries for 79 yards and one reception for 16 yards on one target in Monday's 30-27 loss to the Eagles.

Richardson ran hard and even broke/avoided a few tackles, but he also lost a crucial third-quarter fumble, and was again outplayed by Ahmad Bradshaw, who finished with a 13-70-0 rushing line and 5-26-2 receiving line. This, after coach Chuck Pagano said during the week that the two running backs would split snaps based on game flow. The snap split did seem to be fairly even, but the Colts were leading for most of the game, and Bradshaw gets more work on passing downs. Last week, when the Colts trailed for nearly the entire game, Bradshaw got 44 snaps to Richardson's 29. If he's only getting about half the snaps and touches even when the Colts go run-heavy, Richardson may have some barren fantasy days ahead. As far as 21-carry performances go, this one wasn't very encouraging.

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Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw will split running back duties based on game flow, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. "From game to game, it'll be different depending on the score and how we're using different personnel groups," he told the Indianapolis Star reports.

Pagano and the Colts talked about Richardson as a three-down and primary back all offseason, but the first game saw Richardson play just 29 snaps while Bradshaw played 44 snaps. Bradshaw was said to have a larger role in the two-minute offense and in the passing game, so the balance could shift if the Colts are are not playing from behind like in last week's loss. Still, Richardson's usage in week one and Pagano's retreat from calling Richardson the primary running back don't bode well for his workload going forward.

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Richardson had 20 yards on six carries and 31 yards on three receptions (four targets) in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Broncos.

The Colts all but abandoned the running game while trying to work their way back from a 24-0 deficit. Richardson ran hard on the few carries he got, but he still looks indecisive -- or sometimes indiscriminately decisive -- even when catching passes in the open field. Ahmad Bradshaw played the better game, catching five passes for 70 yards on six targets, with another 15 yards on three carries. It will be interesting to check the official snap count, as the gap between Richardson and Bradshaw didn't seem that big, though the game circumstances quite obviously worked in Bradshaw's favor in that regard. Richardson still got the start and the early-down work in the first half, while slightly out-touching Bradshaw nine to eight. Alhough Richardson needs to play well to maintain his role, it won't be surprising if he gets a larger share of the touches in Week 2 against the Eagles.

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Richardson had 17 yards on six carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Saints. He was not targeted as a receiver.

Richardson's first two carries went for a combined 13 yards, but he didn't do much the rest of the game. Ahmad Bradshaw also got a bit of work with the first-team offense, finishing with two yards on three carries and 11 yards on one reception. Though the Colts kept their first-team offense in through the beginning of the third quarter, there weren't many touches to go around in a game that saw the Saints dominate possession in the first half. Despite his continued struggles, Richardson seems to be secure in his starting role, and may even have a decent leash to work with. However, if Bradshaw looks like the better player once the games count, the Colts may have to re-evaluate.

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Richardson gained 21 yards on nine carries and four yards on one reception in Saturday's preseason game against the GIants.

A recent report indicated that Richardson has looked good in training camp, but it's just been more of the same through two preseason games. While part of the blame lies with the offensive line, Richardson still needs to make more happen on his own. Despite his continued struggles, Richardson appears safe in his role as the starter. Ahmad Bradshaw seems to be on track to play before the end of the preseason, but he didn't suit up for Saturday's game.

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Richardson has made a strong impression in training camp by showing more decisiveness than he did last season, the Indianapolis Star reports.

This report is largely just the opinion of one beat writer, but generally the Colts have been happy with Richardson's performance in practice. However, we'll need to see how that translates into games. With Vick Ballard out for the season with a knee injury and Ahmad Bradshaw returning from neck surgery, the Colts need Richardson to emerge as a workhorse back and it looks like he'll initially get a chance to show he can be a big part of the offense.

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Richardson gained 13 yards on five carries in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Jets.

Though not known to be dealing with any specific issue, Ahmad Bradshaw sat out Thursday's game, likely due to his extensive injury history. Richardson got the start and all of the first-team work, while Dan Herron impressed with the second-team offense. Bradshaw is the biggest threat to Richardson's workload, which remains a bit uncertain at this time. By all accounts, the Colts would like the former first-round draft pick to emerge as a workhorse, but Richardson will need to do better than Thursday's brief performance for that to happen. After gaining eight yards on his first carry, Richardson was stifled the rest of the way as the Colts' starters played just one drive.

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Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) is back practicing.

The injury was minor, but the Colts are being cautious after losing 17 players to season-ending injuries in 2013 and already losing RB Vick Ballard to an Achilles injury this season. Richardson has the talent and opportunity to outplay his fifth-round ADP, but his poor play in 2013 and injury history make him a risky fantasy bet.

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Trent Richardson is sitting out Colts camp with a hamstring injury.

It sounds like a day-to-day thing, but hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger. Richardson's absences have allowed Ahmad Bradshaw to dominate first-team reps, with Vick Ballard (Achilles') done for the season. At a time when most are concerned with his YPC average and poor 2013 performance, Richardson's latest malady is a reminder of the multitude of injuries he battled as a rookie.

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Coach Chuck Pagano said he'd like to have a "bell cow" at running back this season.

In the same breath, Pagano added that he's not against employing a running back by committee. The message is clear. Ideally, Trent Richardson will find the form that made him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft and be 260-carry kind of workhorse this season. But he'll be on a short leash, with Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard both ready to fill roles if Richardson faceplants again. For now, we've placed 26th among running backs in our Draft Guide -- a ranking that will rise if he separates in camp.