ANDERSON, Ind. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Indianapolis Colts training camp:
Running back Trent Richardson missed his second straight practice as the team continues to take a precautionary approach with him. Coach Chuck Pagano said Richardson has a “soft tissue” issue. Pagano declined to go into detail when asked what soft-tissue injury Richardson is dealing with. The decision to sit Richardson, who needs as many reps in practice as possible after struggling last season, is surprising but Pagano is taking a better safe than sorry mentality to avoid the running back suffering a more severe injury. “I held him out of practice for the most part,” Pagano said. “He’s started doing some things going about half speed and it made no sense really having him out there and we’re going to err on the side of caution. He knows exactly what to do. We want to get him 100 percent before we get him out there.”
New Colts safety Mike Adams said shortly after he signed that his goal was to be able to convince teammate Darius Butler to give up his No. 20. Adams planned to take Butler out to dinner in an attempt to persuade him to switch numbers. The move didn’t work, as Butler still has his No. 20 and Adams is wearing No. 29. “He told me he bought his kids the number, he bought his kids the jersey already so I didn’t push it too much,” Adams said. “I just nudged him and every time he made a play I'd tell him, 'That number 20 looks so sweet.’ So that's the only thing, but I didn’t push too much.” So how did Adams end up with No. 29? “I told my daughter that I might change my number and she said get 29 and so I had to get 29,” he said.
Ahmad Bradshaw was on the practice field when fellow running back Vick Ballard tore his right ACL in September. Bradshaw was on the practice field when Ballard tore his Achilles on Friday. “I talked to him and he’s in good spirits,” Bradshaw said. “I think he just feels bad that it’s two years in a row. He loves football. His passion for football is there. He’s just heartbroken.”
Richardson wasn’t the only Colts player to sit out of practice Saturday. Reggie Wayne, Robert Mathis, Cory Redding, Jack Mewhort, LaRon Landry, Vontae Davis, Gosder Cherilus, Donald Thomas, Henoc Muamba, Cam Johnson and Loucheiz Purifoy also did not practice.