Indianapolis running back Trent Richardson must stop underachieving and finally run like a Colt

Richardson’s actually managed to slow the Colts.

Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson missed a second straight practice on Thursday because of an ankle injury.

Still, at less than 100 percent, the 22-year-old Richardson will play Sunday when the Rams visit Indianapolis.

Richardson has struggled mightily since becoming a Colt in September and needs to finally earn his $1.321 million salary.

The 5-foot-9, 225 pound Richardson’s rushed 83 times for only 248 yards and two touchdowns in six games.

Able to complete the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds, the 2011 All-American has also disappointed by catching four measly balls for 52 yards.

Most worrisome, Richardson is averaging a pathetic 3.0 yards per carry.

An instinctual runner with great balance, power and explosiveness, Richardson was supposed to be an enormous upgrade over Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown and Kerwynn Williams.

The Colts (6-2) are sitting atop the AFC South and are clearly determined to travel to the swamps of Jersey in February.

Granted, Indianapolis doesn’t exactly employ an offensive line reminiscent of Washington’s “Hogs” in the 1980s.

Regardless, with many analysts predicting Chuck Pagano and Pep Hamilton had landed their own version of Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James, Richardson’s been an atrocious Colt.

A seemingly good man who took a leukemia survivor to her prom in April 2012, Richardson should contribute to the league’s eighth ranked attack.

Hobbled or healthy, Trent Richardson must stop underachieving and run like an expensive Colt this weekend in the Crossroads of America.

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