Antonio “Tiny” Richardson is a big, talented offensive tackle who would have been a fairly high draft pick if not for his knees.
The Vikings picked up Richardson this offseason as a UDFA hoping he could overcome his knee issues and become a contributor for them as a backup lineman.
Things seemed to be going reasonably well for Richardson until the final preseason game. After playing a big chunk of the game against the Titans, Richardson’s right knee swelled. When being examined, Richardson was found to have problems with both knees.
A report from Darren Wolfson describes the issues with Richarson’s knees as “loose bodies/chondral lesions.” I don’t know what that means exactly, but I do know that Antonio Richardson is done playing football for the Vikings this year. Minnesota has placed him on IR and surgery will be the next move.
A pretty major setback for Richardson, but not an unexpected one given his physical struggles. The Vikings took a shot with Richardson knowing it would probably end up this way.
Like Greg Childs, Richardson is a potentially good player whose body simply can’t hold up under the stress of playing football. I doubt we’ll ever see him back on the field.