Richard (calf) returned to practice Thursday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Richard was forced out of Sunday's practice with a strained calf, but he can now get back to the business of securing slotting in the Raiders' deep backfield, which also includes Marshawn Lynch, Doug Martin and DeAndre Washington. The 5-foot-8, 205-pounder has averaged 5.5 yards per carry (on 139 attempts) over his first two NFL campaigns and has displayed utility as a pass-catcher, so a change-of-pace role behind Lynch should be Richard's for the taking this season.
Richard exited Sunday's practice with a strained calf, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
While the severity of Richard's injury isn't certain, any sort of setback for the third-year back hurts his chances of making the roster. With Chris Warren (undisclosed) also out of commission, the Raiders are expected to add a free agent to the running back room in the coming days, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Richard is part of a deep group at running back, alongside Marshawn Lynch, Doug Martin and DeAndre Washington, Doug Williams of NBC Bay Area reports.
Richard caught on with Oakland as an undrafted rookie in 2016 and has subsequently averaged 5.5 yards on 139 carries and 6.0 yards on 75 targets (56 catches) in 32 games. His efficient per-touch production last season was overshadowed by eight fumbles, though six came on special teams (including four muffs) and another on a desperation lateral. It's safe to say Richard will be removed from the punt return unit, but he still figures to have a spot on the roster, likely competing with Martin and Washington for backup work during training camp. Richard has shown flashes of lead-back potential, but the Raiders erased any doubt about their intentions when they renegotiated Lynch's contract to guarantee nearly all of his 2018 salary. At 5-foot-8, 207 pounds, Richard may find himself pigeonholed to a change-of-pace role even if he moves on from Oakland after the season.
Richard did not log a single carry in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Chargers, but he caught his lone target for six yards.
Richard was not involved in the Raiders' offensive game plan during their season finale as he logged just six snaps following a Week 16 performance in which he lost a pair of fumbles. The second-year running back earned zero carries in three of the team's last four games, relying on his role as a pass catcher and punt returner to produce any sort of fantasy value. He finishes the 2017 campaign with 56 rushes for 275 yards and one touchdown to go along with 27 receptions (on 36 targets) for 256 yards and a score. Richard outpaced fellow backup DeAndre Washington in total yardage throughout the season, but the latter was more consistently used as the No. 2 option behind starter Marshawn Lynch. Richard will be on the last year of his rookie contract in 2018 before becoming a restricted free agent, while the Raiders' offense could be in line for several changes due to the upcoming change at head coach.
Richard racked up 42 yards on four carries and caught both of his targets for 14 yards in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles. He also lost a pair of fumbles.
Richard had earned just eight total offensive touches in the Raiders' previous four contests combined, but the second-year running back was given additional chances behind starter Marshawn Lynch in Week 16 with fellow backup DeAndre Washington struggling as of late. Though he was efficient with his touches, Richard's lack of ball security may close his window to usurp Washington for top backup duties in the Raiders' season finale against the Chargers.
|3||9/23/18||@ MIA||Lost 20-28|
|5||10/7/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/1/18||@ SF||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|