HOUSTON — Anthony Richardson, within the midst of probably the greatest soccer video games of his life, shortly realized one thing wasn’t proper.
So, after scoring two touchdowns in a span of two offensive performs, the Indianapolis Colts’ rookie quarterback admitted he was experiencing concussion signs early within the second quarter of Sunday’s 31-20 win over the Houston Texans. After a concussion analysis, Richardson was pulled from the sport and didn’t return.
His standing going ahead can be decided in accordance with the NFL’s concussion protocol because the Colts (1-1) look to a street sport in Week 3 in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens. Richardson gave solution to backup Gardner Minshew, who entered the sport with 12:45 remaining within the second quarter.
The concussion, Colts coach Shane Steichen believes, occurred when Richardson scored on a 15-yard landing run with 9:18 remaining within the first quarter. Richardson, who turned the nook after a devastating block by receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and a downfield block by tight finish Kylen Granson, appeared to suppose he would attain the top zone untouched. However simply as he neared the aim line, Houston security M.J. Stewart converged and hit Richardson at full velocity, knocking him down as he reached the top zone and inflicting his head to hit the turf subject.
“He simply did not see him,” Pittman mentioned of Richardson. “He thought he was residence free. He caught a shot on the finish, which I believed was pointless. However then he bounced up so quick, I used to be like, ‘Yeah!'”
Richardson did certainly bounce proper up and celebrated together with his teammates. It was a justified celebration, too, as Richardson had reached the top zone for the second time after capping the Colts’ earlier drive with an 18-yard landing on a draw play that led to a simple rating. His second rating possible proved way more pricey, nevertheless it wasn’t instantly obvious.
Richardson returned to the sport for 2 subsequent collection, taking part in six extra snaps earlier than he knowledgeable trainers of his points. Richardson accomplished 1 of his 3 move makes an attempt following the hit that was believed to trigger the concussion. It was unclear whether or not the Colts’ trainers or the NFL’s unbiased concussion spotters — identified formally as unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants (UNCs) — realized Richardson’s head hit the turf.
The position of these physicians got here underneath scrutiny final season when a concussion sustained by Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa resulted within the NFL Gamers Affiliation terminating one of many UNCs concerned in Tagovailoa’s analysis.
When requested about Richardson’s damage, NFL vp of communications Brian McCarthy mentioned evaluators are looking for conduct that is symptomatic of a concussion, not exhausting hits.
“The position of spotters is to search for injurious conduct. If the spotters observe a participant show such conduct as struggling to rise up, displaying instability, disorientation, or misery they’ll name right down to on-field medical workers to make sure he’s evaluated,” McCarthy mentioned in a press release. “The spotters are usually not in search of exhausting hits however slightly conduct following a play that necessitates analysis.”
In Richardson’s case, his honesty in regards to the state of affairs finally led to the proper final result. And it possible was not a simple determination given how Richardson was performing within the sport.
“I really feel like that is probably the most mature factor you are able to do as an expert athlete is to acknowledge, ‘Hey, I am not proper proper now,'” Granson mentioned. “‘I am not going to assist my workforce win, so let’s put somebody in there who may also help us win and I will come again.’ So, I feel that was a really mature, skilled factor, as a result of the very last thing you need is somebody to play by means of one thing like that after which it will get worse and then you definitely’re speaking about who is aware of what.
“It was very good, very mature and it is positively exhausting to do. You by no means wish to step off the sphere as a competitor, as a professional athlete. You wish to keep on the market together with your teammates. However it’s for the great of the workforce.”
Richardson was 6-of-10 for 56 yards passing in his transient time within the lineup. He added 35 speeding yards on three carries. Minshew had a really environment friendly efficiency in his place, throwing for 171 yards on 19-of-23 passing with a landing and no interceptions. The Colts cruised to the win after main by as many as 21 factors earlier than the Texans made issues attention-grabbing with 10 fourth-quarter factors.
Now, consideration will flip to Richardson’s restoration. There’s additionally positive to be additional evaluation of his taking part in fashion and whether or not it has contributed to him leaving each of the Colts’ video games this season prematurely. Richardson was pulled within the ultimate moments of the Colts’ Week 1 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars after taking a shot to his knee.
A giant, bodily quarterback who embraces contact, Richardson is making an attempt to toe a advantageous line between tapping into his greatest expertise and taking part in it protected given his standing because the No. 4 draft choose and the way forward for the Colts’ franchise.
“You are all the time involved,” Colts proprietor Jim Irsay mentioned after the sport. “The primary sport, he banged up the knee, nevertheless it was OK, only a contusion. This sport, banging the top. I feel it is simply one thing the place he is received to guard himself. He is an enormous bodily man. Clearly, he can run the soccer and guys do a number of operating now at that place. And, so I feel self-protection is a matter.”