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Colts' Trent Richardson undergoes shoulder surgery


Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson's rocky 2013 season ended with shoulder surgery.

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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Richardson underwent "just a scope" on his shoulder, according to a person informed of the running back's condition.

The injury shouldn't hurt Richardson's offseason, according to the source.

It's an important season for the former No. 3 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2012. The Colts sent a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to acquire Richardson in September.

Richardson struggled in 14 games with the Colts, showing tentativeness and an inability to create creases at the line. He ended the season with 458 yards on 157 carries (2.9 yard average) and three touchdowns wearing the horseshoe helmet. He lost his starting gig to Donald Brown during the Colts' stretch run.

The 22-year-old back had injury concerns entering the NFL out of Alabama. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove cartilage in his left knee prior to his rookie season. He also suffered ankle injuries in both of his NFL seasons, but he has played through his injuries.

The Colts' front office and coaches have stood firmly behind Richardson despite his struggles and fumbling issues, insisting he will improve with familiarity in the offense. This will be a big offseason for Richardson if that optimism is to be proven true.

On the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys speculate on big names who could be cut, then talk offseason forecasts for the Packers and Raiders.


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