Bowen: Colts Players React to Richardson Trade

As you'd expect, really. As's Kevin Bowen puts it, losing three starters in three days is bad – and a sign of last year lingering – but with the acquisition of Trent Richardson, the Colts are finally recovering from the first two weeks of the season. They could have lost to Oakland. They did lose to Miami. At this rate – before the trade – I was thinking "we'll be lucky to go 7-9. Optimistically." Now, for whatever reason, I'm not worried.

He won't have that big an impact, of course, but for moral? This is exactly what Indy needs right now. For the players, it couldn't have come at a better time.

[Greg] Toler heard about the trade while at the house of nose tackle Josh Chapman. Richardson and Chapman won a pair of National Titles together at Alabama and are now reunited in Indianapolis. When Chapman heard that Head Coach Chuck Pagano described Richardson as “a rolling ball of butcher knives”, the second-year nose tackle couldn’t help but smile.

“That’s the best way to put it. He’s one of those guys you don’t want to tackle,” Chapman says of his college teammate.

The concern, of course, is Indy's injury management (non-existent), and with Richardson's already building injury history … still, I don't mean to put a damper on this. It's great news. Just, until the Colts can learn to limit injuries, they're going to be struggling with consistency every day of the year.