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September 20, 2013

Colts brass elated to bring Richardson into fold

Second-year RB to play Sunday against 49ers.

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“Probably two days ago, maybe even Monday. I’m really not quite sure right now. It was the last couple days,” Grigson said when he was asked about the mechanics of the trade.

“I’ve known [Cleveland CEO] Joe [Banner] a long time. There was a player mentioned [for as possible trade]. And we went right to work on it and did our due diligence on the Colts’ end and really liked the player. I’ve always liked the player and when it became a possibility, we had to at least investigate it.”

So why make the deal? Easy. Indianapolis lost starting running back Vick Ballard to a torn anterior cruciate in his right knee during a non-contract drill in practice late last week. While Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown and Kerwynn Williams are available, the chance to add a player with the talents of Richardson made the decision a relative easy one.

“He loves football. That’s always a prerequisite for Chuck and myself and [team owner] Mr. [Jim] Irsay. We want people that love what they do. People that are good at what they do love what they do,” Grigson said.

“In that respect, he’s, I believe, very talented, naturally. He has the right body type, I feel, for his style as a runner and his style is what fits this offense.”

Pagano agrees.

“This guy is a rolling ball of butcher knives. Ahmad [Bradshaw] is the same way. [Richardson] fits our system. He fits our scheme to a tee,” he said. “It’s huge. He’s [23]. It’s great. You got a great young quarterback and a great young runner. We got other good runners in there too. You add another piece to the puzzle.

“We’re trying to build something special. We know we’re trying to build a monster here and we’re trying to build a program for sustained success for the long haul. So this gives you another opportunity to do that.”

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