After several tests and various opinions from different medical professionals, the Indianapolis Colts have finally made the decision to place rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson on the injured reserve. After being tackled on a quarterback run in Sunday’s Week 5 win against the Tennessee Titans, Richardson was pulled from the game with an injured shoulder to his throwing arm.
The injury was eventually diagnosed as a grade 3 AC joint sprain, and we now know that it’ll sideline him for at least four weeks.
How many games does Anthony Richardson have to miss on injured reserve?
Similar to Jonathan Taylor’s experience on the PUP list, Richardson has to be sidelined for at least four weeks; the Colts can’t activate him until Week 10, when they’re preparing to go to Germany and face the New England Patriots. However, it’s also possible that Richardson could be sidelined longer than four weeks.
NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that the expected timeline is four to eight weeks, all depending on Richardson’s rehab, and if the rookie quarterback will need surgery or not. It’s still a fluid situation that the Colts will definitely be cautious with, as they prioritize Richardson’s health and future in the league.
That means Richardson will certainly miss the games against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cleveland Browns, the New Orleans Saints, and the Carolina Panthers. Gardner Minshew will start those games for Indy, as he hopes to keep leading the team to victories. For added depth, the Colts signed Kellen Mond to the practice squad.
Colts sign Kellen Mond to practice squad
Mond, who started four years at Texas A&M, was drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. After one year in Minnesota, Mond spent a year with the Cleveland Browns. Now, he’s on Indy’s practice squad, and will be QB3 behind Minshew and Sam Ehlinger while Anthony Richardson works on getting healthy.