Jonathan Taylor showcased glimpses of his former self, scoring two touchdowns in the Colts’ Week 12 triumph against the Buccaneers, marking a return to form after recent struggles. However, reports have emerged indicating that this victory might have come at a cost for Taylor.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport disclosed that Taylor sustained an injury during the Tampa Bay game, raising concerns about potential time off for the star running back.
Despite the injury, Taylor displayed his characteristic vigor on the field, accumulating an impressive 91 yards from just 15 carries. Nonetheless, the reported thumb injury could have broader implications for his availability in upcoming games. Missing Taylor would significantly impact the Colts, who have been performing admirably lately and have solidified their position in the playoff race.
Regarding Taylor’s injury status, the latest update reveals that he might be sidelined for 2-3 weeks due to the thumb injury, as confirmed by Colts owner Jim Irsay in an interview with The Athletic. Taylor is slated for surgery to address the issue.
Taylor’s recent injury adds to a series of setbacks he’s faced since his breakout season in 2021. He previously underwent surgery for an ankle problem that sidelined him last year. Additionally, there was controversy during the offseason when the Colts placed him on the non-football injury list following reports of back pain during his physical. Despite disputes, Taylor and the team eventually settled on a contract extension, anchoring his immediate future in Indianapolis.
Though hindered by health issues, Taylor has shown flashes of brilliance amid his challenges. Notably, in just his fourth game of the year against the Saints in Week 8, he managed an impressive 95 rushing yards on 12 carries.
As Taylor recuperates, attention turns to Zack Moss, his teammate and bruising tailback, who is likely to see increased action. Moss, an adept second running back, has been productive despite fewer carries compared to his top-10 counterparts, positioning himself among the league’s yardage leaders.
With Taylor on the mend, Moss is expected to take on a more prominent role, providing the Colts with a capable and reliable option in the backfield.
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