By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Indianapolis Colts will have to play the rest of the season without their franchise quarterback. Anthony Richardson will need season-ending shoulder surgery.
With Richardson sidelined, Gardner Minshew will be the team’s starting quarterback. Minshew signed with the Colts in the offseason.
No date has been set for Richardson’s operation.
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“Going through that process and talking to all the doctors, getting as much information as we could, this is the best thing for him and this franchise moving forward so we can get him healthy for next season,” Colts head coach Shane Steichen said.
The 21-year-old Richardson, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, will prepare for next season.
Minshew started against the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend. He has previously been a starter with the Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles before following the first-year head coach to Indianapolis.
Richardson appeared in four games during his rookie campaign. He last played on October 8th against the Tennessee Titans, where he went 9 of 12 for 98 yards.
He went 2-2 in four starts. Richardson went 50 of 84 for 577 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Plus, he also had 25 carries for 136 yards and four touchdowns.
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“I thought when he played, he was explosive and he was electric,” Steichen said. “He gives us an opportunity every time he steps on the field to win football games. But his big play ability throwing the ball down the field, the runs that he had, four touchdown runs in the limited time he played. There is tremendous opportunity for him going forward in this franchise.”
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