Knee injury benches Richardson, but he’s confident as ever

(Gary A. Vasquez/NFL)

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s all on tape, according to Trent Richardson.

You want to see how fast he can run? Watch the tape.

Because you won’t see the Alabama running back timed in the 40-yard dash — or any on-field drills for that matter — at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine. A minor knee scope eliminated that possibility, but Richardson scoffed at the notion that his injury was a “minor setback.”

“I don’t even call it a setback, for real,” Richardson said Friday. “I just missed a little opportunity to run the 40 in front of everybody, show everybody what I can do. If you call it a setback, that’s for you to say.”

Richardson said you can go back as far as you want, but you’ll never find video of him being caught from behind, a testament to his speed. One more thing Richardson said you won’t find on tape is him coughing up the ball.

“The first thing that will get you on the bench is fumbling the ball, and that’s one thing I do not do,” Richardson said.

So what will you find if you watch Richardson’s film, which just about every team picking in the first round of April’s draft likely will do? Richardson, who’s considered the top running back in this year’s class, said he already has spoken with all but five teams at the combine.

“I love contact,” Richardson said. “Either you’re going to hit me or I’m going to hit you. Nine times out of 10, I’m going to hit you.

“When it comes down to it, I want to be the dude that’s on the field for third-and-3 or fourth-and-1. I’m a complete back.”

Don’t believe him? Watch the tape.

— Aron Angel

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