Indianapolis Colts say Donald Brown ‘earned’ starting running back job

Dec 1, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown (31) runs past Tennessee Titans linebacker Moise Fokou (53) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Tennessee 22-14. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Indianapolis Colts organization was less than thrilled with running back Donald Brown. How quickly things can change.

Brown, who only had 108 rushes last season has been passed over for starting duties multiple times and was yet again put on the back burner when the Colts acquired Trent Richardson earlier this season.

Of course, Richardson has been absolutely dreadful as a Colt, which forced Indianapolis to give the ball to Brown who has emerged onto the scene after spending the first four years of his career as a change of pace option.

Things finally came through for Brown on Sunday morning when the team announced he would be starting and that’s a role he’ll likely stick with as head coach Chuck Pagano said Monday Brown has ‘earned’ the starting running back job:

They earned the opportunity,” Pagano said of the new starters. “Donnie (Donald Brown) earned the opportunity the way he was working and running the football. Felt like, we’re still going to use two backs, but earned the opportunity to get in there and do that.”

Topics: Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts, Trent Richardson

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