It has been quite the day for the Indianapolis Colts. No, they didn't have a game today. And no, they didn't practice today. The team did not make any roster moves, either. In actuality, it was just a travel day for the Colts, but not everyone traveled with the team.
First, we learned that running back Trent Richardson did not travel due to "personal reasons" and will not play in tomorrow's AFC Championship game against the Patriots. Now, we've learned that offensive lineman Xavier Nixon missed the team flight and will not play tomorrow either.
I’m not making this up: #Colts offensive tackle Xavier Nixon missed the flight and is listed as out for tomorrow, team reports.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) January 18, 2015
Seriously. Before the biggest game of the season for the Colts, offensive lineman Xavier Nixon missed the flight and didn't travel with the team to New England. There's really no excuses for that one. Now, maybe there are circumstances that we don't know about, but I think the Colts would have at least said something along those lines rather than that he just missed the flight.
Nixon was likely going to be inactive for Sunday's game anyway, as was Trent Richardson, so the fact that neither of them traveled likely won't make a big difference on the game itself. Nixon was inactive for the first two playoff games for the Colts as well in what has been a rough year for him. After impressing in limited work last year, he spent the first ten games on injured reserve with the designation to return. He then returned, was injured, returned again a few weeks later, then started at right tackle against the Cowboys but played terrible, then played in the regular season finale before being inactive in the playoffs. This is just an exclamation mark on a rough season, as he missed the flight to New England for the AFC Championship game.
Again, neither Trent Richardson nor Xavier Nixon not traveling should have much of an impact on the actual game whatsoever, but it makes for a much more eventful Saturday than it should have been for the Colts on the day before their big game.