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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.

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Colts coach Chuck Pagano "fully expect(s)" Trent Richardson "to have a great year."

The story the Colts are selling is that T-Rich's 2013 struggles were primarily due to their in-season trade for him, forcing Richardson to learn an offense on the fly and never find a comfort zone. "Coming in under the circumstances which he did would be tough on anybody," said Pagano. "Certainly having a year under his belt and a full offseason ... he's put the time in and has a better understanding of the offense." Fantasy owners seem to be buying the Richardson kool-aid; his Average Draft Position has reached the fifth round.

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Trent Richardson will open camp as the starting running back.

He may be on a short leash, but the Colts obviously aren't going to give up on Richardson even though he averaged 2.91 YPC in 14 games for them last year. They traded a first-round pick for him. Richardson will be given every chance to succeed, with Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard waiting in the wings.

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ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells believes Trent Richardson will not be given a long leash by the team if he doesn't produce quickly this season.

Wells calls it "unlikely" the Colts would "wait for him to get going" if Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard show well early, either in training camp, the preseason, or regular season games. With two weeks before camp opens, T-Rich's fantasy Average Draft Position has settled into the middle of round five. He's going ahead of Ben Tate, Joique Bell, Stevan Ridley, and Steven Jackson.

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Colts coaches say Trent Richardson is now relying more on his instincts when running instead of thinking it through.

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Trent Richardson said he's back down to 225 pounds after ballooning to 240 after his postseason shoulder surgery.

Richardson's cardio regiment was limited after his January scope, and he admitted that he "ate well." He's now back down to his normal playing weight, but we'd love to see him shed even more pounds. Richardson's burst was noticeably brutal during his 2013 campaign. He'll be among the players we're watching closest during preseason action.

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Trent Richardson is getting the bulk of first-team work at OTAs.

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Trent Richardson says he's "knows" the Colts playbook now, as opposed to last year when he merely "remembered" it.