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Colts’ Anthony Richardson out of protocol, to start vs. Rams

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol on Friday and will start Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, coach Sean Steichen said.

Richardson suffered a concussion when he hit his head on the turf while scoring his second rushing touchdown of the game in the first half of a Week 2 win over the Houston Texans. He missed the Colts’ Week 3 win over the Baltimore Ravens but returned to practice Wednesday and has been a full participant in the past three practices.

Richardson flashed repeatedly in his brief playing time, which was limited to the first six quarters of the season. He became the first Colts rookie quarterback to score a rushing touchdown in each of his first two games and the third in NFL history to record three or more rushing touchdowns in his first two games. guard.

“Last week was a little tough for me,” Richardson said of missing the Baltimore game. “I love football, but not being able to go out with the team, so it makes me exhausted inside. But I’m happy to be back.”

Richardson left the game in the final minutes of the Colts’ Week 1 game against the Jaguars with a knee injury, and his physical play became a topic of discussion. Against Houston, he suffered a concussion while kicking the ball and didn’t foresee the hit from an oncoming safety.

“The injuries I’ve had so far are not serious,” Richardson said. “My knee hit the turf. Everybody gets hurt on the turf. Then my head hit the ground. I don’t think I should have changed the way I played. I thought I played smart enough to know when to go down. ”.

Richardson initially self-reported his concussion after returning to play in Houston, saying he had a slight headache, but eventually asked trainers to check him out.

“I don’t want to hurt the team and keep playing,” he said.

Richardson may have a tougher job heading into Sunday’s game against the Rams than first thought. Center Ryan Kelly also suffered a concussion in Week 2, and his status remains up in the air without clear concussion protocol after practices on Wednesday and Thursday. Steichen said left tackle Bernhard Lehmann experienced concussion symptoms later in the week and is a question mark Sunday. Right tackle Brayden Smith suffered a hand injury and missed Friday’s practice.

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