Richardson plans to play against St. Louis

INDIANAPOLIS -- Any suspense about whether Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson will be in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams ended at about 11 a.m. on Friday when he took the practice field.

Richardson didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a swollen ankle. The Colts have him listed as questionable on the injury report, but you can expect him to play against the Rams barring any setbacks with his ankle.

“Oh yeah, I’m always game-ready,” Richardson said. “Took precaution on it and coach (Chuck Pagano) is going to make the best decision. You see me out there running around and you see me moving like I used to move. You know I’m ready.”

The goal -- other than having him find his rhythm rushing the ball -- is to find ways to get Richardson, who is only averaging 3.0 yards a carry in six games with the Colts, involved in the passing game. He had a 24-yard reception in the Nov. 3 game at Houston.

"I just have to find ways to creatively get the ball to Trent," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "A lot of different ways, not just out in space, but do a better job with run schemes that feature his instincts. But he’s gotten better each week, and we expect that he’ll continue to make big plays for us.”

Offensive guard Hugh Thornton also practiced Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday with a calf problem. He's listed as questionable.

Pagano said defensive tackle Josh Chapman (knee), cornerbacks Josh Gordy (groin) and Greg Toler (groin), and safety Delano Howell (neck) will miss Sunday’s game.