Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson is ruled out for the remainder of Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans due to a concussion, team announced.
The No. 4 pick in this year’s NFL draft completed 6 of 10 passes for 56 yards and rushed for two touchdowns before leaving the game for the locker room early in the second quarter. When Richardson left the game, the Colts led 14-7. The quarterback was initially questionable to return while being treated for a concussion and was later demoted.
Veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew joined the Colts in place of Richardson.
What happened to Richardson?
It’s unclear in which game Richardson suffered the concussion.
The rookie appeared to hit his head on a 15-yard touchdown rush midway through the first quarter, but continued to play for two more possessions. Richardson was then taken to the locker room for further evaluation. He called on the medical team to evaluate his head injury, NFL Network’s Dan Hanzus reported.
Richardson passed and rushed for 223 yards in his NFL debut in Week 1. The rookie rushed for two more scores in the first six minutes of the Colts’ Week 2 game.
Richardson now leaves his first two NFL games early due to injury.
The 21-year-old missed the final three games of Week 1 with knee soreness. Richardson did not appear on the Colts’ injury report this week.
Richardson’s hit against the run has been a point of discussion this week. He was outstanding at Florida, using his legs to make explosive plays when needed. Colts head coach Sean Steichen said this week that the team is trying to be “smart” with Richardson.
“I think it’s a fine line, but I think if you look at it statistically, most quarterbacks if they do get hurt — if you look at all the numbers — it’s in the pocket ,” he said at a press conference. meeting earlier this week. “We talk every week about when to be smart.”
According to “Pro Football Reference”, Richardson became the second quarterback in NFL history to rush for three or more touchdowns in the first two games of his career. The Colts quarterback joins former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who accomplished the feat in 1999. Richardson’s two touchdown runs on Sunday both went for 15 yards or more, making him the first quarterback to do so since Michael Vick in Week 13 of the 2002 season. Atlanta Falcons.