Colts demote Trent Richardson to punt coverage team

Another day, another demotion for Trent Richardson.

Per the Indianapolis Star, the Colts’ much-maligned running back spent Thursday’s practice on the punt coverage unit.

Richardson is the team’s No. 3 back, behind Dan Herron and rookie undrafted free agent Zurlon Tipton. Third-string running backs usually have to make their bones on special teams, and that’s exactly what T-Rich is now doing.

It’s yet another low for Richardson, who didn’t touch the ball in Indianapolis’ Wild Card round win over the Bengals. In fact, he didn’t even enter the game until the fourth quarter.

Perhaps not coincidentally, coach Chuck Pagano was noncommital when asked if Richardson would have a larger role in the Divisional Round contest against the Broncos.

“We’re going to evaluate the situation as we go through the week and we’ll know more as we go through the week,” Pagano said, via ESPN.com.

In 29 career games as a Colt, Richardson has amassed just 977 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Despite the epic struggles, Colts GM Ryan Grigson doesn’t regret the trade for Richardson, which cost him a first-round draft pick.

“When we made that trade it was a great shot in the arm,” Grigson said. “We lost our starter. I felt like it was the right football move at that time. I’ll never back off that thought. I thought it was a no-brainer.”

Now it’s a no-doubter — as in, there’s no doubt Richardson will never live up to the billing.

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Zack Kelberman
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