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Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson officially out for season after shoulder injury

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, coach Shane Steichen announced Wednesday.

Steichen said the team sought several opinions from doctors and ultimately decided surgery was the best option for the former Florida Gators star’s long-term health.

“Anthony is a competitor, and we know how difficult and disappointing this is for him and our team,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Richardson, the fourth overall pick in the April NFL Draft, suffered a sprained right shoulder late in a short rush against Tennessee on Oct. 8. With Richardson out, veteran Gardner Minshew will continue to start. Indy (3-3) hosts Cleveland (3-2) on Sunday.

Richardson was injured when he hit the ground awkwardly. He lay there for several minutes before walking slowly toward the team’s medical tent, his right shoulder drooping. Richardson did not return from that 23-16 victory and went on injured reserve last week.

The 6-foot-4, 244-pound QB was injury-prone in his first NFL season.

He missed the final minute of Indy’s season opener with a bruised knee and a sore ankle, left with a concussion in the first half of a victory in the Week 2 against Houston and missed the following week while in the concussion protocol. Then, a week after returning to the field and finishing his first NFL game, he injured his shoulder.

Richardson got off to a promising start after winning the starting job. He threw for 577 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while completing 59.7% of his throws in four games. He also has 25 carries for 136 yards and four touchdowns, becoming the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era with touchdown runs in each of his first three NFL games.



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