Title: Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Anthony Richardson Out with Concussion, Gardner Minshew to Start Against Baltimore Ravens
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson will be watching from the sidelines this Sunday as he recovers from a concussion he sustained in Week 2, confirmed coach Shane Steichen. In his absence, backup quarterback Gardner Minshew will step up to start the road game against the Baltimore Ravens, while Sam Ehlinger will serve as Minshew’s backup.
Richardson himself reported concussion symptoms during the second quarter of the Colts’ victory over the Houston Texans last week and has since been unable to practice. It is believed that the quarterback suffered the concussion during a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter when his head collided with a defender as he crossed the goal line.
Despite the setback, Richardson remains optimistic about returning for Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams if he successfully passes the necessary concussion protocol. Both the Colts’ coaching staff and Richardson himself are taking a cautious approach to his return, considering his previous injury history and the importance of his long-term health.
Stepping into the starting role, Minshew has big shoes to fill. He previously started two games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season when Steichen served as offensive coordinator, but unfortunately, the Eagles lost both games. In those two games, Minshew completed 58.3% of his passes, throwing for 629 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
However, Steichen expressed confidence in Minshew’s abilities and praised his readiness for this week’s game. The coach believes that Minshew’s familiarity with his offensive system will help him navigate the challenges posed by the formidable Baltimore Ravens defense.
In addition to Richardson’s absence, the Colts will also be without center Ryan Kelly, who also sustained a concussion during the game against the Texans. Wesley French is expected to step in as center to fill in for Kelly while he recovers.
Richardson’s performance this season has been a mixed bag, with a completion rate of 63.8% for 279 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception, and three rushing touchdowns. The team hopes that his absence will give him the necessary time to fully heal and regain his form for the remainder of the season.
As the Colts prepare to face the Ravens, all eyes will be on Minshew as he leads the team in Richardson’s absence. Fans will eagerly await the outcome of this matchup and hope for a successful return of their starting quarterback in the near future.
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