Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson is out of the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.
The running back missed Saturday's walk through with the team due to a "family emergency" and the ongoing situation means that the former first round pick did not travel with the Colts as they made their way to Foxboro for the crucial match up.
Richardson, inactive for the Colts' playoff win over the Denver Broncos last weekend, had been hoping to bounce back in what would undoubtedly have been the biggest game of his career tonight.
The former Alabama star gave ESPN reporter Mike Wells more details on the situation:
Having played just one snap vs the Bengals before missing out entirely against the Broncos, Trent Richardson had told reporters earlier this week that he was preparing to be the starting running back for the Colts' visit to the Patriots.
Now though head coach Chuck Pagano will go into the game once again relying on Daniel "Boom" Herron and rookie Zurlon Tipton.
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This latest set back for Richardson must now seriously put his future in Indianapolis into doubt.
Since arriving at the Colts in 2013 after failing to live up to the hype in Cleveland, Richardson has once again seen his name slip down the roster chart.
The RB is yet to rush for 100 yards in an NFL game and, even without Ahmad Bradshaw the Colts have increasingly looked elsewhere to get their rushing game going as the season reaches its pinnacle.