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Colts coach Chuck Pagano plans on Trent Richardson being Week 3 featured back

The Colts expect Trent Richardson to be ready to play against the 49ers on Sunday. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

The Browns are taking precautions to keep second-year running back Trent Richardson healthy in 2013. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano expects newly acquired running back Trent Richardson to be ready when the team plays the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Pagano said Richardson, who was traded Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns for a 2014 first-round pick, will be the team's featured back.

"We did not bring him in here to be the water boy," Pagano told reporters Thursday, via "He’ll be ready to roll. We know what he brings to the table as a runner, as a pass catcher as a protector so we feel, obviously, very excited."

EXTRA MUSTARD: Listen to Cleveland Sports Talk Radio’s Reaction to the Trent Richardson Trade

Richardson has 31 carries for 105 yards this season. He said he found out about the trade listening to the radio.

"I turned on the radio and all of a sudden I heard," Richardson told WOIO-TV in Cleveland. "I can't believe it. I didn't see it coming from anywhere. I had a good relationship with everybody. But I guess it's the best move for the Browns. At the end of the day it's the best move for both of us, I guess. I wanted to be a Brown, I didn't see it coming, but at the same time, I'm a Colt now, so now I've got to move on and get ready for Sunday's game."