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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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Will Richardson when the Colts play at San Francisco on Sunday? Of course.

“We did not bring him in here to, I guess, be the water boy on Sunday. He’ll be ready to roll,” Pagano said.

How much work will he get?

“As much as he can handle,” Pagano said.

HAPPY TO BE IN INDY

Richardson attracted a heavy media presence in the Indianapolis locker room Thursday.

The former Alabama standout couldn’t wait to get started.

“Really excited. You got somebody like Ahmad Bradshaw back there. He’s helping me with all the basics and stuff like that. You got [wide receiver] Reggie Wayne on the one side, you got [wide receiver] T. Y. Hilton, you got [quarterback] Andrew [Luck] and you got a good defense over there,” Richardson said when asked about his first day with the team.

“[The Colts] gave up a first-round pick. That shows a lot of respect they have for me. Playing against these guys twice, once in the preseason, once in the regular, just seeing these guys and how they vibe around each other when they was on the sideline and just gelling together. Just being in the locker room for these couple hours, it’s been a big change, a big 360. All these guys are having fun and they’re enjoying life right now. They’re happy to come to work and they’re ready to go.”

He’s still getting over the suddeness of leaving Cleveland after only one full season with the team.

“It was a surprise. But at the same time, like I said, it’s another chapter in my life and with that I’m going to have a chip on my shoulder. I am going to play football like I know how to play football. However it goes with the Browns, good luck to the Browns the rest of the season,” Richardson said.

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