The official company line was that the running back missed some practice time due to illness, though the reality might be a little blurry.
That blurriness manifested itself in Richardson participating in punt coverage Thursday afternoon, a designation typically reserved for bottom-rung members of the roster.
General manager Ryan Grigson, speaking on WFNI-AM earlier this week, still wouldn't pan the trade as a bad move. Though he watched Zurlon Tipton get more carries than a player for whom he dealt a first-round pick, he's sticking by his gut instinct at the time.
"When we made that trade it was a great shot in the arm," Grigson said. "We lost our starter. I felt like it was the right football move at that time. I'll never back off that thought. I thought it was a no-brainer."