Sunday was a really exciting day for the Indianapolis Colts. They got their first win of the season, and rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson looked great. Richardson led Indy on a beautiful 10-play, 75-yard opening drive, where Richardson shined with his arm, and legs, concluding the drive with a 18-yard touchdown run.
The very next time Richardson touched the ball, he ran it into the end zone for another touchdown, this time for 15 yards. Unfortunately, excitement came crashing down shortly after that. Richardson was pulled from the game and placed into concussion protocol, seemingly from when his head hit the turf on his second touchdown run.
The Colts still went on to get a comfortable win, and Gardner Minshew was great once he got into the game. However, there was a dark cloud hovering over the win, and that was Indy’s promising quarterback being in concussion protocol. After the game, though, team owner Jim Irsay provided a positive update on Richardson.
Speaking with the media, Irsay said that Richardson said he feels fine, and after the game, the young QB was “clear” and “feeling a lot better.” That’s certainly great to hear.
Anthony Richardson feeling better after leaving Colts game with concussion
While it is great news that Richardson was already feeling better, it doesn’t really provide any clarity on when he’ll be cleared or if we’ll see him in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, the concussion protocol is a unique process that players must advance through before they are cleared to return to the field.
It’s certainly possible that Richardson could play in Week 3, but we’ll just have to wait and see to be sure. The good news is, the Colts have one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL with Gardner Minshew. Minshew came in and completed 19-of-23 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown, showing that Indy’s in good hands whenever he’s called on. The storyline throughout the week will definitely be if we’ll see Minshew or Richardson under center next week.