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The Colts need their healthy running back against Seahawks

Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 12:01 am

INDIANAPOLIS – Trent Richardson's assimilation into the Indianapolis Colts offense keeps accelerating.

With Ahmad Bradshaw out indefinitely, the workload Richardson will carry against the Seattle Seahawks today and for the rest of the season will be significant. Richardson carried 20 times for 60 yards at Jacksonville last week. The former Cleveland Browns' first-round pick could be in for a similar load today when the 3-1 Colts play the 4-0 Seahawks at 1 p.m. in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Here's a quick look at Richardson:

Ht: 5-9; Wt: 225; Age: 23; College: Alabama; Route to Colts: Acquired Sept. 18 in trade with Cleveland Browns for 2014 first-round draft pick

Fast facts: Scored on first carry as part of the Colts at San Francisco, Sept. 22, becoming the first Colts back to score on initial touch since Gordon Brown in 1987. ...Led Cleveland with 950 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns last season and also caught 51 passes for 367 yards and one score. …His rushing totals broke the Browns rookie record of 942 set by Jim Brown.

Richardson on being patient waiting for a 100-yard rushing game: “As long as we're winning, it's fine with me. I know the 100-yard games are going to come. I do say 'games,' because there's going to be more than one. When they do come, it's going to keep coming. The last two teams have been stacking the box. With that, we have a guy back there named (Andrew) Luck who's going to throw it and a guy named Reggie Wayne and T.Y. (Hilton) and DHB (Darrius Heyward-Bey) who's going to catch the ball. Those guys doing their jobs and we're all on the same track and we're all doing the same thing, there's no other way but to win.”

Coach Chuck Pagano on Richardson's progress: “He's much more comfortable today than he was a couple weeks ago. Going into that San Fran game, he only had two days to prepare and he was still effective. He's getting confidence and more comfortable with the offense, the scheme, the terminology and all those things. You can just see it week in and week out.”

Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo on Richardson: “He hasn't been here long, but he hit the ground running. He's definitely a talented guy and we like blocking for him.”

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton on Richardson's style: “He's physical. He's 220 pounds. I think after last season, they instituted a crown of the helmet rule because of Trent and the way he runs the football. Not that he is a dirty player by any means, but he is a physical player. When he breaks through the first line of defense and gets into the secondary, I think defensive backs have to be very calculated in how they want to approach and tackle Trent.”

Hamilton on Richardson's 2.9 yards per carry average: “There are times when the holes are available for him to really break into the secondary. We also expect Trent to create his own yards at times. The reality of our commitment to being balanced in our offense is when we want to run the ball, there are times we run the ball versus eight-man boxes. We've had the good luxury, in the past couple games, of being able to run the ball in the fourth quarter. For us, that is our ultimate goal. We want to finish the game running the football.”

Richardson on Luck's help with offense: “He's been a big help. Like I said, he's a genius. You have to listen to everything he says. He's the type of guy you have to take notes on. If he thinks you're going to have a problem with it on the field, he says to you in the huddle which way to go or you're the check-down or something like that. He's been a big help so I can play fast in the backfield. Having him there, his presence has been a blessing to me.”