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Daryl Richardson to start in Week 1 for St. Louis Rams

Daryl Richardson has won the St. Louis Rams' running back derby.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the expected with reporters Monday, announcing that Richardson will start in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Richardson entered camp in a competition with Isaiah Pead, Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham. Pead -- a second-round draft pick in 2012 -- failed to make an impact with his first-team reps Saturday against the Green Bay Packers.

It's worth noting that Pead wasn't going to be part of the Rams' game plan against the Cardinals anyway. Pead is suspended for Week 1 for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

We're not ready to give up on Pead, who still has the most upside of any back on the Rams' roster. (We didn't make him a "Making The Leap" candidate for nothing.) Still, Richardson gets the first crack at this thing.

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