Trent Richardson was benched weeks ago by the Indianapolis Colts. He hadn't played that well since he was acquired in a high-profile trade, so Donald Brown moved into the starting tailback role.
So we didn't see Richardson handle the ball in the first quarter of Saturday's playoff opener against the Chiefs. The Colts wish they had given him the second quarter off too.
After the Chiefs took a 17-7 lead, the Colts got the ball back and gave the ball to Richardson. Why? Who knows. He averaged exactly 3 yards per carry during the season. He's been mostly bad in his first two seasons. He has been especially ineffective since the Colts traded a first-round pick to Cleveland to get him.
And on the first playoff touch of his career, Richardson fumbled. It wasn't a hard hit or anything. He just dropped the ball as he cut back and was switching hands. No Chiefs defender caused it. The Chiefs recovered at the Colts' 17-yard line.
Alex Smith threw a backhanded flip pass for a touchdown a few plays after the fumble, and Kansas City led 24-7.
The Colts have to regret the Richardson trade. They couldn't say so publicly, because they're basically stuck with him for a while, but he has done nothing to live up to the hype or the price the Colts paid for him in that trade. And on top of that all, he now can add a huge playoff gaffe to his wholly unimpressive NFL resume.
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