The Indianapolis Colts today announced that tackle Xavier Nixon will return to practice with the team. He will remain on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return during this time.
The Colts have up to three weeks from today to elevate Nixon to the 53-man active roster or he will remain on Injured Reserve for the remainder of the season. He is not eligible to play until the team’s Week 9 game against the New York Giants on November 3.
Nixon was placed on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return on September 3, 2014. He was first signed by the Colts from the Washington Redskins practice squad on September 24, 2013. Nixon played in four games for the Colts in the 2013 regular season, making one start at left guard in a Week 16 victory at Kansas City. He also saw action in both postseason contests. Nixon was originally signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida on May 2, 2013.
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The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 6. This marks the first time he has earned the award in his career.
In the Colts’ 33-28 victory over the Houston Texans, McAfee recovered an onside kick, which led to a touchdown. It marked the third consecutive onside kick recovery of the season for Indianapolis. The rest of the NFL is a combined 1-of-13 (7.7%) on onside kicks this year. McAfee contributed with four punts for 159 yards in the game, pinning three of them inside the 20-yard line. He also added six touchbacks on kickoffs.
McAfee leads the NFL in punting net average (44.8) and kickoff touchbacks (33) in 2014 and ranks sixth in punting gross average (47.5). In September, he earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors.
McAfee is the second Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Week honors this season. Quarterback Andrew Luck won the award for his performance in Week 3 at Jacksonville.
2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECIPIENTS
Week 3: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 6: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE MONTH RECIPIENTS
September: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Month
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