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Anthony Richardson clears concussion protocol ahead of Week 4 vs. Rams

We break down the news that Anthony Richardson has cleared concussion protocol and what it means for Week 4.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson (5) draws back to pass Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.  Jenna Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Update, Sept. 29 — Richardson will start against the Rams, while Gardner Minshew will return to the bench in Week 4.

Update, Sept. 28 — Richardson was listed as a full practice participant again on Thursday. If all goes well on Friday, he should be able to suit up for the Colts against the Rams on Sunday.

Update, Sept. 27 — Richardson officially practiced in full, making it very likely he will be cleared of his concussion and be able to play against the Rams in Week 4.

Update, Sept. 27 AM — Richardson remains in the concussion protocol, but will return to practice on Wednesday. He will likely be listed as a limited participant, but it’s a positive sign for this week’s game.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen shared on Monday that quarterback Anthony Richardson is still in concussion protocol. The rookie QB entered protocol last week following their Week 2 victory over the Houston Texans, a game that he exited in the first half after hitting his head on the turf. He’d go on to miss Sunday’s Week 3 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, a victory led by backup Gardner Minshew.

Per NFL concussion protocol rules, Richardson would have to be cleared by both the team doctor and an independent neurologist in order to play in their Week 4 home matchup against the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday.

Fantasy football implications for Week 4

If Richardson were to once again miss action this Sunday, Minshew would once again step in as the starter. He put up ok numbers against the Ravens in Week 3, going 27-44 for 227 yards and a touchdown, earning fantasy managers 13.1 points. With a 1.8% rostership rate, he’d be readily available for anyone with a desperate need at quarterback.

Richardson’s potential absence could also mean another big day for running back Zack Moss. He got a heavy workload with 30 carries for 122 yards and also caught a receiving touchdown in the win.