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Colts' Daniel Herron could continue to start at RB over Trent Richardson

INDIANAPOLIS -- What seemed like a temporary switch at the starting running back position for the Indianapolis Colts because Trent Richardson missed some practice time last week with flu-like symptoms was actually not the case.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano actually started Daniel “Boom” Herron at running back against the Jacksonville Jaguars because he outperformed Richardson in practice last week.

Pagano didn’t say who will start at running back against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, but if he goes off performance against the Jaguars, Herron will continue to start.

Herron rushed 12 times for 65 yards and had five catches for 31 yards. Richardson rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on 13 attempts and didn’t have any catches out of the backfield. Richardson and Herron played 41 and 32 snaps, respectively, against Jacksonville.

The Colts rushed for a season-high 175 yards against Jacksonville, but they needed Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief to contribute 68 yards rushing for that to happen.

“We’ll see how the week goes,” Pagano said. “They both practiced well last week. We all know Trent missed last Wednesday out sick, but they both practiced well and we’ll see how they practice this week and make a decision.”

If Herron continues to start, which appears to be the case, it’ll be the second straight season that Richardson, who the Colts gave up a first-round draft pick to acquire from Cleveland in September 2013, has lost his starting position late in the season. He lost it to Donald Brown in Week 12 last season.