Colts' Richardson to return vs. Rams after clearing concussion protocol
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson will return for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams after clearing concussion protocol, head coach Shane Steichen announced Friday.
Richardson missed the Week 3 win over the Baltimore Ravens after suffering a concussion in the first half of Indianapolis' Week 2 contest versus the Houston Texans. He was a full participant during this week's practices.
Gardner Minshew stepped in for Richardson against the Texans and Ravens, helping the Colts win both games to move to 2-1.
Richardson, the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, suffered the concussion on his second touchdown run of the first quarter against Houston. He returned for the following two series before self-reporting symptoms.
The 21-year-old has thrown for 279 yards and one touchdown against one interception this season. He's also rushed for 75 yards and three scores.
While the Colts are getting back their starting quarterback, Richardson will be playing behind a depleted offensive line.
Center Ryan Kelly will miss a second straight game with a concussion, while left tackle Bernhard Raimann is out with the same injury.
Pro Bowl guard Quenton Nelson is questionable with a toe injury, though he was able to practice fully Friday. Right tackle Braden Smith missed Friday's session with a wrist injury but wasn't given an injury designation.
Meanwhile, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner is questionable after not practicing all week with groin and back injuries.