Richardson (knee) was arrested last Thursday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in the third degree, WRBC.com reports.
Handed plenty of opportunity to stick in the NFL, Richardson hasn't taken the field in season since 2014 and during preseason play since August of 2015. His woes have now extended off the field due to an alleged incident with a female in Hoover, Ala. While the legal system works itself out, there's no indication that the NFL will come calling in the short or long term.
Head coach John Harbaugh defended waived RB Trent Richardson (knee) from harsh criticism, noted his release from the team was strictly health-related, and added that there is "still an opportunity [for Richardson] to come back in the future," per ESPN.com.
The former No. 3 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Richardson has dealt with knee woes all offseason. Harbaugh acknowledged the team was aware of Richardson's health concerns when they signed him in April, but they needed to pull the plug on the running back in order to make room for a healthy body at the position. "We just couldn't wait any longer," Harbaugh said, per the Ravens' official site. Subsequently, the team signed Stephen Houston, an undrafted rookie out of Indiana.
Richardson reportedly showed up for Baltimore's offseason program in the best shape of his career, but suffered hamstring and knee injuries that have prevented him from taking part in training camp. Meanwhile, Terrance West has made a strong impression through the first few days of camp, perhaps positioning himself to join Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon on the final roster. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Richardson may find it difficult to land an audition before the season begins. Though only 26, it's quite possible he's already played his last down in the NFL after failing to catch on with a team last season.
Richardson (knee) will begin training camp on the PUP list, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.
This is an unsurprising move as the 25-year-old Richardson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in late June, and was expected to miss several weeks as a result. The third pick in the 2012 draft is hoping to find new life in Baltimore this season, but will need to get back on the field to earn his way into the mix.
|P2||8/17/17||@ MIA||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|5||10/8/17||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/19/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ PIT||8:30 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|