Indianapolis Colts News: Team Shorthanded In AFC Championship Game After Key Player Misses Flight

The Indianapolis Colts will be missing a key player in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots and have a missed flight to blame for it.

Offensive tackle Xavier Nixon missed the team’s flight to Boston, and he is now listed as out for Sunday’s game. The strange situation leaves the Colts with only two healthy offensive tackles, Anthony Castonzo and Joe Reitz.

It was not immediately clear if Xavier Nixon might have been excused for an injury or some reason outside of football or if he simply missed the team flight.

This is actually not the first player the Indianapolis Colts have lost this week to strange circumstances. Running back Trent Richardson missed the team’s walk-through on Saturday, and then didn’t travel with the team to New England.

Many believe this is the end of the line for Trent Richardson, who came to the Indianapolis Colts via a trade with the Cleveland Browns. Though the Colts gave up a first-round pick for Richardson, he has disappointing on the field. Last week, he was a healthy scratch for the team’s divisional round win over the Denver Broncos.

In addition to Nixon and Richardson, the Indianapolis Colts will also be without linebacker Josh McNary, who was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list on Thursday after he was charged with rape.

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