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Miracle denied: Richardson won’t play for Buffs in 2012

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When last we heard from Paul Richardson‘s attempt at playing this season after a significant knee injury suffered in the spring, the explosive Colorado wide receiver was progressing faster than expected.

Unfortunately for both the player and the program, not fast enough for playing in 2012 to become a reality.

Following practice Wednesday, Richardson confirmed that he will not play this season as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL.  Instead, the receiver will take a redshirt and shift his focus to the 2013 season, even as his rehab and recovery from such an injury is going well.

“After thinking it through and talking to my coaches and my family and the doctors, I decided I’m probably going to take the year this season to get healthy and work on getting back for next season. …

“The recovery is still going well. I’m still recovering fast, but to lower the chances of reinjuring it and to make sure I am ready to play when I do touch the field again, I just think it would be the best decision for me to make right now.”

In setting a school record for receiving yards in a game (284 vs. Cal), Richardson finished third on the Buffs in receptions (39) and receiving yards (555).  He was also second on the team in receiving touchdowns with five.

With the departures of Toney Clemons and Rodney Stewart, Richardson would’ve been Colorado’s leading returning receiver in every major statistical category.

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