In the wake of Spencer Ware’s concussion and Jamaal Charles’ recent surgery — both players will miss Sunday’s home game against Jacksonville — the tailback-needy Chiefs worked out two running backs Tuesday, including Trent Richardson.
Richardson, 26, was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns on 267 carries as a rookie — an average of 3.6 yards per carry — before he was traded to Indianapolis for a first-round pick midway through his second season.
Richardson, however, carried 316 times for 977 yards and six touchdowns for Indianapolis from 2013 to 2014. He was released before the 2015 season and hasn’t carried the ball in a regular-season game since despite brief stints with the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.
The Chiefs also worked out former Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard, 26, who spent time with the Colts and rushed for 814 yards and two touchdowns on 211 carries in 2012.
They also took a look at offensive lineman Joe Cheek (they later signed him), former Villanova defensive end Rakim Cox, former Houston safety Lee Hightower and former Texas receiver Marcus Johnson. Cox has bounced around a bit since entering the league as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014 while Hightower and Johnson are undrafted rookies.