Trent Richardson wants to make statement vs. Pats


Trent Richardson won't take many fond memories from his playoff debut.

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The Indianapolis Colts running back lost a fumble on his first carry against the Kansas City Chiefs. He didn't touch the ball again. Richardson remained involved in the game plan as a pass protector, but his day -- like his season -- was a bust.

Richardson believes he'll get his shot at redemption when the Colts meet the New England Patriots on Saturday in Foxborough.

"You feel like you've got to redeem yourself for it," Richardson said, via The Indianapolis Star. "You feel like you've got to make a statement. ... That's one thing that my brother has always told me: the fastest way to get yourself on the bench is fumbling the ball. And that replays in my head every day when I come out to work."

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Richardson is an easy target (when you average three yards per carry after being traded for a first-round draft pick, this can happen), but it should be noted that ball security never has been a problem. Richardson had fumbled just once in his first two seasons before last week's game.

"I don't fumble," he said. "That's something that I had to work on all week (mentally). I know that's not me."

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said he hasn't lost any confidence in Richardson, but his decision to bury him versus the Chiefs said it all. Consider it a substantial surprise if Donald Brown isn't Indy's primary ball carrier against the Patriots.

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