Josh McNary, an Indianapolis Colts linebacker, faces charges of rape, criminal confinement with bodily injury. No comments from the 26-year-old have been reported.

Josh McNary

Peg McLeish, a spokeswoman in the city prosecutor?s office, confirmed the charges but gave no details.

In 2013, the army graduate joined the Colts, who play New England in Sunday?s AFC Championship game.

In a statement, the Colts said they were trying to establish the facts in the case.

The NFL has faced criticism recently for its handling of serious allegations against players, and penalties have subsequently increased.

There was uproar when Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was initially given a two-match suspension for attacking his girlfriend, now his wife.

That was increased to an indefinite suspension but the harsher penalty was overturned in arbitration.

Source:? Agency

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