Daryl Richardson played with turf toe in 2013

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Zac Stacy wasn't the only reason why Daryl Richardson disappeared this season. He suffered a turf toe injury in the season opener that derailed his year.

St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson had a disappointing second season in the NFL, but he wasn't healthy for the majority of it. Richardson admitted that he suffered a turf toe injury in the first game of the season, which led to his struggles.

Turf toe is an extremely painful injury to deal with, and it affected Richardson's ability to plant his foot and accelerate. He entered the season as the starting running back, but lost the job for good thanks to the emergence of rookie Zac Stacy. Richardson finished the season with just 215 yards and 3.1 yards per carry, and was inactive for the final eight games of the year.

Richardson had a promising rookie year in 2012, rushing for 475 yards and 4.8 yards per carry as the main backup to Steven Jackson. He was expected to be Jackson's successor in the backfield, but the turf toe and Stacy's production derailed those plans. With Stacy now entrenched as the starter, Richardson is expected to compete with Benny Cunningham and Isaiah Pead for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.

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