Richard finished 2020 with a 22/123/1 rushing line and 19/138/0 receiving line in 13 games. Richard didn't provide much of a return in the first season of a two-year, $7 million extension, with his role largely limited to obvious passing situations or garbage time. Even if they aren't ready to use Josh Jacobs in a three-down role, the Raiders aren't likely to bring Richard back at his scheduled $3.5 million cap hit for 2021. His return to the team likely would hinge on accepting a pay cut.
The Raiders placed Richard on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports. Richard's placement on the list indicates that he's either tested positive for the virus or has been deemed a close contact of an infected person or persons. If Richard doesn't clear all health-related protocols and is ineligible to play in Sunday's season finale against Denver, Theo Riddick would step in as Las Vegas' No. 3 running back behind Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker.
Richard rushed for 19 yards on two carries and caught his only target for four yards in Saturday's 26-25 loss to the Dolphins. Despite being dealt only three touches, Richard managed to produce more total yards than fellow backup running back Devontae Booker on Saturday. The duo is slated to continue providing depth behind starter Josh Jacobs in Week 17, but Richard could see a couple more opportunities with the Raiders officially removed from playoff contention.
Richard (chest) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Josh Dubow of the Associated Press reports. Richard reinjured his sternum before last Thursday's loss to the Chargers. He played through the injury but logged just 10 total snaps. With a full-speed practice to start the week, Richard should be 100 percent for a Week 16 matchup against the Dolphins.
Richard reinjured his sternum during pregame warmups Thursday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. Richard still managed to suit up against the Chargers and draw five targets, but his injury paved the way for Theo Riddick to handle a slight uptick in snaps. The trusty change-of-pace man will benefit from a few extra days of rest before the Raiders face the Dolphins on Dec. 26.
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