Rookie running back Trent Richardson started Sunday’s game vs the Colts, but after he was ineffective, he didn’t return for the second half, ending his day rushing for just 8 yards on 8 carries.
“We just kind of didn’t feel like he could play as effective as he’d been,” Pat Shurmur said. “He wanted to play.”
Montario Hardesty, replacing Richardson for a second straight week, led the Browns with 28 yards on 7 carries, but the gameplan was for the Browns to throw – and throw a lot.
Overall, the Browns ran the ball just six times in the second half despite never trailing by more than eight points. Richardson said he could continue and didn’t ask to come out, but said Shurmur made the right decision.
“The injury was pretty bad, I guess it limited me a lot,” Richardson said. “It hurt me inside just not being out there. I didn’t want to come out.
“Pat knows what’s best. He made his decision. I think he made a great decision. It’s something I’ve got to deal with it.”
Shurmur said he did not think Richardson had any further damage to his ribs, the injury that took him out of the win over the Bengals at home a week ago. Shurmur also is likely thinking of Richardson’s future.
“He just, in my opinion, the way the game was going wasn’t quite effective and maybe the injury contributed,” Shurmur said.
You have to wonder if new owner Jimmy Halsalm thinks that way as well.