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Trent Richardson embracing role with Colts

Updated: 2014-01-02T17:59:39Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

When running back Trent Richardson was traded to Indianapolis earlier this season, it certainly was done with much fanfare — and high expectations.

And while Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, has hardly set the world on fire with his play, he has played a role in the success of the Colts, who will host the Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday, and is apparently feeling more at home than ever.

“That’s one thing that I noticed when I first walked in,” Richardson said. “These guys embraced me, and it’s been a blessing for me. You don’t find teams, especially NFL teams … like that, for real. You had that in college, but when you build a family in the NFL, that’s big.”

Since joining the Colts in September, the 5-foot-9, 225-pounder has essentially been sharing the running back position with Donald Brown. He's only rushed for 458 yards on 157 carries, a meager 2.9 yards per carry, while Brown has been much more efficient, rushing for 537 yards on 102 carries — an average of 5.3 yards per carry.

But Richardson says there's no animosity between the two.

“Me and Donald don’t complain about nothing,” Richardson said. “We complement each other off of everything. Donald’s getting a good amount of plays as far as running the ball and he’s getting a lot of big plays. They’re using me more in the passing game more and more, and more on third down. A lot of people were saying I couldn’t block, I couldn’t play on third down. So just to go out there to prove everybody wrong or just to make my marks on the field, just to be a part of this team, this organization man, it’s big to me.”

Brown did the most damage against the Chiefs in the Colts' 23-7 win at Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 22. While Richardson rushed for 43 yards on 16 carries, Brown rushed for 79 yards on 10 carries, which included a 51-yard touchdown jaunt in which he ran through several arm tackles.

Brown also caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown while Richardson caught three passes for 15 yards.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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