The Ravens (2-0) will host the Colts (1-1) at the M&T Bank Stadium in Week 3 and they might do so without having to face the no. 4 pick of the 2023 NFL Draft.
On Sunday, rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson suffered a concussion during the Colts matchup against the Houston Texans, forcing him to exit the game early.
Despite this, the Colts earned a 31-20 victory over the lowly Texans while Richardson had enough time to score a couple of rushing touchdowns. The concussion happened in the last of those two scoring plays when Texans safety M.J. Stewart hit the rookie.
After the game, team owner Jim Irsay provided an update on Richardson saying he was "clear" and "feeling a lot better," per Angela Moryan of WISH-TV. That might have been a little bit rushed and overly optimistic, though.
Colts Head Coach Shane Steichen confirmed Richardson's concussion status on Monday and directed the media to the upcoming Injury Report, painting a much more worrying picture of Richardson's status and his availability for Sunday's matchup at Baltimore.
In order for Richardson to play, he will need to clear the concussion protocol, which is nothing to laugh at and a very serious process to complete before getting greenlighted to play.
Doctorate in Physical Therapy and practicing Physical Therapist Adam Hutchinson of Football Guys published his latest injury report on Monday, touching on Richardson's injury and projecting a "Week 4 return" for the quarterback.
"Anthony Richardson is in the NFL's concussion protocol after hitting his head on the turf after his second rushing TD of the day. Compared to RBs and WRs, for whatever reason, QBs tend to miss more time with concussions. Relying on the data tells us that Richardson misses Week 3."- Adam Hutchinson, Football Guys
The most important information relayed by Hutchinson is that according to his knowledge and research, "compared to RBs and WRs," QBs tend to "miss more time with concussions."
After digging into past data, Hutchinson arrived at the conclusion that "Richardson misses Week 3," which would rule him out for the game against the Ravens on Sunday.
If Richardson misses Week 3, the Colts would have to start veteran backup quarterback Gardner Minshew. Minshew already played in the first two weeks of the season for Indianapolis as Richardson was forced out of both games with different injuries.
Minshew only had to attempt a couple of passes in Week 1 completing none of them, but he logged many more snaps last Sunday going 19-of-23 passing for 171 yards and a touchdown against no interceptions and rushing the ball twice for three yards on the ground.
The veteran, a former sixth-round pick by the Jaguars, started a game against the Ravens back in Dec. 2020 as Jacksonville went on to lose 14-40 at M&T Bank Stadium. Minshew completed 22-of-29 passes back then for 226 yards and two touchdowns while getting sacked five times and losing a fumble.