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Trent Richardson Files Grievance Against Colts

Trent Richardson Files Grievance Against Colts Al Bello/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- Just days after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, running back Trent Richardson has filed a grievance against the team as he seeks to re-coup the money he was scheduled to earn during the 2015 season. Richardson was released by the Colts Thursday after two disappointing season with Indianapolis.  The Colts suspended Richardson for the final game of the teams 2014 season -- the AFC Title game against the New England Patriots.  Richardson stated that he was late to the team's final walkthrough because his wife had been hospitalized with pregnancy complications and failed to notify the team. Richardson told ESPN.com that his phone had died and by the time he was able to reach head coach Chuck Pagano, he was told not to show up as he had been deactivated for the game.  As a result of the suspension, language in Richardson's contract -- his rookie contract -- allows the Colts to void the final year of his deal and the team can avoid paying him the $3.184 million he was due to earn in 2015. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Colts Release RB Trent Richardson

Colts Release RB Trent Richardson Al Bello/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts released running back Trent Richardson Thursday.Richardson was traded to the Colts by the Cleveland Browns a few games into the 2013 season. Since then, the former No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft has disappointed.During his time with Indianapolis, Richardson played in 29 regular season games, rushing for 977 yards on an average of 3.1 yards-per-carry.Richardson, 23, did nothing for the Colts in their three playoff games last season. After not receiving a carry in the team's wild card win against the Cincinnati Bengals, he was inactive for the following game against the Denver Broncos and the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. It was later found out that Richardson was actually suspended for two games, the first one being the team's game against the Pats.The Colts have a slew of running backs on their roster: They signed Frank Gore this week, and have Daniel Herron, Zurlon Tipton, and Vick Ballard returning. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

LaRon Landry Suspended 10 Games For PED Use

LaRon Landry Suspended 10 Games For PED Use Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free agent safety LaRon Landry will be unavailable to any team for the first ten weeks of the 2015 NFL season. The NFL suspended the former Indianapolis Colts defensive back for ten games after a second positive test for performance enhancing drugs.  Last season, Landry missed four games for the Colts season as a result of his first positive drug test. His impact was mixed as he registered just 46 tackles on the season, creating no turnovers and according to Pro Football Focus, graded out marginally well in coverage. Landry was released last month by the Colts after signing a four-year deal worth $24 million in 2013. Landry has never admitted to PED use, but he famously tweeted out this picture after a workout:             Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Colts Part Ways with Reggie Wayne

Colts Part Ways with Reggie Wayne NFL via Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts announced that they will not resign 14-year veteran receiver Reggie Wayne, who spent all 14 seasons with the team and won a Super Bowl title during that run. "My relationship with Reggie goes back to my coaching days at the University of Miami. He is the epitome of what a coach looks for in a player," Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said in a statement.  "Hard work, dedication, and sacrifice are just a few ways I would describe him. He encompasses everything that is right about this game, on and off the field." The statement continued, "I am so grateful I had the chance to coach Reggie again when I arrived in 2012. It was a blessing to see the impact that he made with this organization and Colts fans around the world. I wish him all the best in the future and thank him for representing the horseshoe in the most professional manner." Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay also released a statement about Wayne's release. "Reggie is one of the greatest men to ever wear the horseshoe, and we have been blessed to watch him play for the past 14 years," he said. "When he first took the field with us in 2001, we knew this day would eventually arrive.  That reality is one of the things that makes pro football such a tough business." "We feel this decision is in the best interests of the team and for Reggie as it will allow him to seek a better opportunity for playing time elsewhere if he so chooses. Reggie is beloved by the Colts organization and our fans and he will always be a part of the Colts family.  I look forward to the day in the near future when our great number 87 enters the Colts Ring of Honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame," Irsay continued. Wayne is the franchise's leader in regular season games played (211) and ranks second in receptions with 1,070 for 14,345 yards, and 80 receiving touchdowns. Wayne was drafted 30th overall in the 2001 NFL draft. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Colts Will Attempt To Void RB Richardson’s Contract

Report: Colts Will Attempt To Void RB Richardson’s Contract Al Bello/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- The Indianapolis Colts are entering the first stages of what appears to be a messy divorce. After trading for Trent Richardson four weeks into the 2013 season, the Colts will attempt to void the final year of the running back's contract, reports Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. Richardson is due $3.184 million next season. As Holder points out, language in Richardson's contract allows the team to release the player and avoid paying him in the case of "failure to report, incarceration" and — as is the case here — "suspension by the team." Richardson was suspended by the team in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs after he missed a team walkthrough to deal with a "serious family emergency." It would later be revealed that the family emergency was in fact related to Richardson's girlfriend's pregnancy. His girlfriend appeared to enter premature labor after just 28 weeks, putting both her and the unborn child's life at risk. The Colts traded a 2014 first-round pick to acquire Richardson from the Cleveland Browns. In 29 games with Indianapolis, the former third overall pick has run for only 977 yards and six touchdowns.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Colts’ D’Qwell Jackson Arrested

Colts’ D’Qwell Jackson Arrested Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was arrested and charged with assault after arguing over a parking spot in Washington, D.C.  Jackson was arrested on a misdemeanor charge on Tuesday after allegedly punching a man in the face, according to the police report. "The Indianapolis Colts have been made aware that D'Qwell Jackson was charged yesterday in DC with a count of simple assault. When the Club learns more of the surrounding facts, it will make an appropriate statement," the team said in a statement. Jackson signed a four-year, $22 million contract last year with the Colts. Jackson had 140 tackles and 4 sacks this past season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Colts to Sign WR Duron Carter

Report: Colts to Sign WR Duron CarterTom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- The Indianapolis Colts are in the final stages of signing wide receiver Duron Carter, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 6'5" Carter is the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter,...

Deflate-gate: Patriots Coach Says He Has ‘No Explanation’ for Under-Inflated Balls

Deflate-gate: Patriots Coach Says He Has ‘No Explanation’ for Under-Inflated Balls Leon Halip/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said on Thursday that he was "shocked" when he heard that the NFL found 11 of 12 footballs deflated that were used in their 45-7 AFC Championship game win over the Colts on Sunday. Belichick said that the organization is still cooperating with the NFL as the investigation continues. "When I came in Monday morning I was shocked to learn of the news reports about the footballs," Belichick said.  "I had no knowledge whatsoever of the situation until Monday morning." "I would say I've learned a lot more about this process than I knew or talked about it in the last 40 years," Belichick continued.   Belichick said that when the team practices, he makes sure that they play with the worst footballs. "We never use the condition of the footballs as an excuse," Belichick said.  "We play with whatever or kick with whatever we have to use and that's the way it is." Belichick said that the team would take the steps to avoid footballs being below the NFL standard. Footballs, which are weighed before the game, must be inflated to no less than 12.5 pounds per square inch. "The National Football league is investigating the situation," Belichick said.  "We have cooperated fully, quickly, and completely with every request they have made." The Patriots are preparing for a Super Bowl showdown with the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.  Chicago Bears equipment manager Tony Medlin will organize the football process for the Super Bowl. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Eleven of 12 New England Patriots Game Balls Were Under-Inflated

Report: Eleven of 12 New England Patriots Game Balls Were Under-Inflated Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots had 11 of their 12 allotted game footballs during Sunday’s AFC Championship game under-inflated, ESPN reports, citing league sources. The NFL's spokesman declined to address the report.“We are not commenting at this time,” said Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of communications.According to ESPN’s report, the footballs used by the Patriots were reportedly under-inflated by two pounds per square inch. Footballs, which are weighed before the game, must be inflated to no less than 12.5 pounds per square inch.A deflated ball could be easier for the quarterback to grip in bad weather, like in Sunday's rain at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. New England won the game 45-7.Each team provides 12 new Wilson Official NFL footballs for referees to check before games, with additional balls available for backup or at the away team’s discretion. The minimum disciplinary action for tampering of a football is a fine of $25,000, according to the NFL’s game operations manual.The controversy around “deflate-gate” has taken attention away from the Super Bowl, which features the Patriots playing against the Seattle Seahawks. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chuck Pagano: ‘Did Not Notice’ Deflated Footballs

Chuck Pagano: ‘Did Not Notice’ Deflated Footballs Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday that he "did not notice" any deflated footballs that were being played with in their 45-7 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. The NFL has opened up an investigation into whether the Patriots used deflated game balls in their win. "That's something for the league to handle," Pagano said.  "It's not my place to comment on it." The league's rulebook says game balls must be inflated with between 12.5-13.5 pounds of air.  "If any individual alters the footballs, or if a non-approved ball is used in the game, the person responsible and, if appropriate, the head coach or other club personnel will be subject to discipline, including but not limited to, a fine of $25,000," the rule states. New England will take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 in Arizona on Feb. 1. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Colt’s Richardson Does Not Travel With Team

Colt’s Richardson Does Not Travel With Team Al Bello/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Ma.) -- The end of the line is nearing for Trent Richardson with the Indianapolis Colts. One week after being a healthy inactive for the Colts divisional win over the Denver Broncos, Richardson did not travel to New England, for "personal reasons," the team announced Saturday. "[Being inactive] will never happen to me again," Richardson said Thursday. "Anybody can quote me, today, because it's never going to happen again." Richardson was the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.  The Cleveland Browns changed their front office a year later and shipped him to the Colts. "It was such a bold and aggressive move and so forth, but really from a football standpoint, we needed a starting running back," General manager Ryan Grigson said one year ago. "Trent was made available. ...I'm glad we have him for the long haul. It was very economically wise as a franchise to make the move given where we're going with the run game." Indianapolis traded a 2013 first round pick for Richardson to the Cleveland Browns. In 29 games with the Colts, he has amassed just 977 rushing yards. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Shane Vereen: Can’t ‘Lay an Egg’ Against Colts

Shane Vereen: Can’t ‘Lay an Egg’ Against Colts Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots are making their third straight AFC Championship game appearance on Sunday when they host the Colts. Patriots running back Shane Vereen stressed the importance of getting off to a fast start and making sure they do everything they can to punch their ticket to Super Bowl 49. "If we go out there and lay an egg then it really doesn't matter if we've been here before or not," Vereen said on Friday.  "Each year is something different, each team each year is a different animal, and we have our hands full this Sunday." New England joined the San Francisco 49ers to become the first teams since the Eagles (2001-04) to go to at least three straight Conference championships after they beat Baltimore on Saturday. "Unfortunately since I've been here we kind of got stopped a little quicker then we wanted to," linebacker Dont'a Hightower said on Friday.  "You kind of want to leave those things in the past.  I definitely feel throughout this week, we've all been kind of approaching it as doing as much as you can each day." Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has won five AFC title games out of eight appearances, which puts him in a tie with Hall of Famer John Elway for the most conference titles in NFL history during the Super Bowl era. "As you get older experience is definitely good as long as you play well," said Brady, who has three Super Bowl rings.  "It's a game like all the other games.  We're very fortunate to be in this position." The Patriots last Super Bowl appearance was in 2012 when they fell to the Giants, 21-17.  Their last Super Bowl title came against the Eagles in 2005. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bill Belichick: Andrew Luck Has ‘No Weakness’ in His Game

Bill Belichick: Andrew Luck Has ‘No Weakness’ in His Game Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass) -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick knows it won't be easy on Sunday against the Colts in the AFC Championship game. Belichick is getting his defense ready for one of the best quarterbacks in the league -- Andrew Luck, who has tossed three touchdowns and thrown for 641 yards in the postseason so far. "He's got a lot of strengths, no weaknesses," Belichick said Wednesday. "He's got a great future in front of him," Belichick continued. "He's already done a lot in the time that he's been in the league, and I'm sure by the time he gets done he can pass a lot of guys by." "Luck's hard to bring down," Belichick added. "He runs very well. He's athletic. He can get outside and make yards with his legs. They also use him on some keep-type plays, you know, the one he scored on for example in the Denver game last week." Luck and the Colts are coming off beating the Broncos in Denver last weekend. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Manning Retirement Questions Begin

Manning Retirement Questions BeginJustin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) -- After another disappointing playoff performance, the retirement question for Peyton Manning has become more intense. The Denver Broncos fell 24-13 at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. Manning had an...

Andrew Luck: Broncos Present ‘a lot of Challenges’

Andrew Luck: Broncos Present ‘a lot of Challenges’ Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts' trip to the AFC Championship game will have to go through Denver on Sunday in the divisional round. It's the third showdown between Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and former Colt, now Bronco, Peyton Manning. Luck said this week that the game isn't about their matchup, but rather him facing their defense. In speaking about the defense he'll be facing, Luck said there's "a lot of challenges, [it's] hard to say the biggest one. I think obviously [Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware] stand out and their d-line is very good." "I think our offensive line is up for that challenge," Luck continued. "[There's a] bunch of good players all over the field." Manning and the Broncos lost to Luck in their first game 39-33 last season and bounced back this year with a 31-24 win on Sept. 7. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Confident Headed into Denver

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Confident Headed into Denver Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay believes his team has what it takes to win a Super Bowl this year. The Colts are preparing for a showdown with the Broncos in Denver on Sunday and Irsay told reporters in a rare media appearance on Tuesday that this could be a special run to the Super Bowl. "I definitely feel that," Irsay said. "The expectation is again that we haven't played our best game, and that we have to play it [Sunday at Denver]." "I like the fact that we've already won a playoff game and we're on a roll," he continued. "[Former Colts coach] Tony Dungy always said that the first one's the hardest to get. Coming out of the [Cincinnati] game healthy with the confidence of a 16-point win, that goes a long way." The Colts were in a similar position last season after beating the Chiefs 45-44 in the wild card round, but fell to the Patriots 43-22 in New England. "Peyton [Manning] is still playing at such a high level," Irsay said of the Colts former quarterback. "I thought that he would. It was, again, great that he was able to go to a team and get surrounded with great players like they've surrounded him with." Still, Irsay has faith that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will deliver on Sunday. "To be in the playoffs three straight years, win 33 games over three years, to have already won two playoff games, that's something that you don't take for granted," Irsay said of Luck's run. "This is really exciting, obviously, to have this context, but again, both teams want to advance. Our goal is to win the game." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Colts Stifle Bengals, 26-10, Headed to Denver

Colts Stifle Bengals, 26-10, Headed to Denver Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts are headed to Denver for a matchup with the Broncos after taking care of the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, 26-10 in the wild card round. Colts running back Daniel Herron got them started with a two-yard touchdown run on their first possession of the game and quarterback Andrew Luck tossed a 36-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief to give them a 19-10 lead with 7:48 left in the third quarter. "I think you appreciate every win and you don't take it for granted," Luck said of the win.  "We're onto next week, the playoffs it's a different feel, you got to move on and you've got to keep that journey alive." The Bengals have now dropped their last seven playoff games in a row and quarterback Andy Dalton joined the company of Y.A. Tittle to drop his first four playoff starts. "I felt like we were ready to go," Dalton said.  "You know all the hard work that's been put in, you feel like you're prepared going into a game, again it falls by the waste side, it is tough from that standpoint." Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is now 0-6 in the playoffs.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

A.J. Green Out for Bengals Playoff Game

A.J. Green Out for Bengals Playoff Game Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- The Cincinnati Bengals will be without star wide receiver A.J. Green for Sunday's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Bengals ruled Green out Saturday with a concussion that he suffered in the fourth quarter of Week 17's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Cincinnati lost to Indianapolis 27-0 in Week 7 earlier this season.  Green missed that game as well.  Green has struggled with injuries this season, missing four games due to a toe injury and was limited in a game against Denver with an arm injury. In spite of this he led the Bengals with 69 catches, 1,041 receiving yards and six touchdowns. This is Cincinnati’s fourth straight appearance in the Wild Card Playoffs, but they have lost the last three. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Colts Want to Build Momentum into the Playoffs

Colts Want to Build Momentum into the Playoffs Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts are 4-3 on the road this year and would like to generate some steam against the Titans on Sunday as they head into the playoffs. Indianapolis has already clinched their division, but is coming off a 42-7 beating by the Cowboys last weekend. "We want to go out and win," Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said.  "No matter what's at stake, we want to go out and play well, that's a priority." The Titans have dropped their last nine in a row and are 1-6 at home this year. "Nobody is giving up," Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst said this week.  "You can see how hard we fight until the very end, and that locker room expects to win (Sunday). That's the way we've been all year and we just have not been able to put it all together yet." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Cowboys Crush Colts, Capture NFC East Crown

Cowboys Crush Colts, Capture NFC East Crown Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images (DALLAS, Tx) -- The Dallas Cowboys beat down the Indianapolis Colts Sunday with a 42-7 victory to capture their first NFC East title since 2009. Tony Romo was magnificent as he completed 18 of 20 passes for 218 yards and 4 touchdowns. Romo also surpassed Troy Aikman to become the franchise leader in passing yards. Tony has obviously been a great quarterback for this franchise for a long time," head coach Jason Garrett said. "I think we've done a good job, organizationally making the team better around him.  I think the way he has played this year is the way great quarterbacks in this league have played for a long time.  I know that's the way Troy played." Romo's supporting cast was equally impressive.  Jason Witten, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and Dez Bryant all caught a touchdown pass from Romo. Williams would add another after the rout was on and Brandon Weeden came on in relief. The Colts (10-5) did not have much to play for as they had already sewn up the AFC South, but the effort was far from what they would likely desire heading into the playoffs.   Andrew Luck was lackluster, completing 15 of 22 passes for 109 yards and tossing two interceptions before being replaced by Matt Hasselbeck. Dallas (11-4) now has an opportunity to earn a first round bye as they travel to Washington for the regular season finale against the Redskins.    Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
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