“That’s just never been in me to sit down. I only sat a game when I had to and I couldn’t go out there. I’m going to go out there and see what I can do. If I can’t finish the game, [backup running back] Montario [Hardesty is] going to be there and he’s going to do what he [does] every week when I’m not in the game.”
Fast forward to today, when Richardson was officially listed as questionable despite having three good days of practice this week, according to head coach Pat Shurmur. Richardson has been dealing with a nagging rib cartilage injury that he tried to play through last week. In the game against the Colts, he carried the ball eight times for only eight yards, both season lows for the third-overall pick in the 2012 draft.
If Richardson can go, he will be up against a Chargers defense that holds opposing running backs to just 71.2 yards per game on the ground, good for second best in the NFL. So it’ll definitely a tough task ahead for both him and backup Montario Hardesty, who would be pressed into the starter’s role if Richardson is a late scratch.
This is a difficult situation, because if you’ve handcuffed Hardesty to Richardson it’s hard to know which one to start, because even if T-Rich starts the game he’s not sure if he’ll finish. Given where you drafted him, you’re likely forced to play Richardson if he is indeed starting. So rub a rabbit’s foot or something, but brace for another week of diminished returns.
Look out, here comes more hurt…
- Felix Jones (neck, knee): Jones is driving his owners crazy after many of them used their waiver priority to pluck him off the wire last week following DeMarco Murray’s injury. He was limited in practice Friday with neck and knee issues, but he’s still expected to start Sunday barring a major setback. If you have Phillip Tanner on your roster, hang in there for more updates, as he may still get 10-15 touches against the Giants.
- Ahmad Bradshaw (foot): Bradshaw is questionable to play against the Cowboys after barely practicing all week due to a foot injury. Although Giants head coach Tom Coughlin expects him to play against a Cowboys defense that allows 105.0 per game on the ground, Andre Brown should see some quality playing time as his backup.
- Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles): Mendenhall has been ruled out this week with his lingering Achilles injury, although the team expects him to return next week. But for the time being, it’s all about Jonathan Dwyer in the Steelers’ backfield.
- Aaron Hernandez (ankle): The Patriots will be without tight end Aaron Hernandez for their game in London against the Rams. Hernandez re-aggravated the ankle injury suffered in Week 2, and didn’t make the trip. Teammate Brandon Lloyd (knee) is questionable, but managed to practice on a limited basis all week.
- Jimmy Graham (ankle): Graham, who is starting to frustrate his owners with his high-ankle sprain, is questionable again this week. If it was up to him, he’d play, but unfortunately that’s not how it works, leaving owners in the dark once again until Sunday. He faces another game-time decision.
- Jordy Nelson (hamstring): Nelson was a surprise addition to the injury list with a hamstring problem. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy hopes he can play against the Jaguars, but it looks like he’ll be a game-time decision. If he’s unavailable, and with Greg Jennings out indefinitely, James Jones and Randall Cobb will benefit nicely, getting plenty of targets from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.