Jonathan Taylor

Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #28
Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #28

Jonathan Taylor News

No decision on surgery yet

Taylor (ankle) said Monday he will meet with doctors to decide about the possibility of undergoing surgery, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Taylor missed the final three games of the season due to a right high-ankle sprain, and it sounds as though a decision on whether or not the injury necessitates surgery hasn't yet been made. Through his 11 appearances in 2022, Taylor racked up 861 yards and four touchdowns on 192 carries, with another 28 catches (on 40 targets) for 143 yards. The running back's situation in Indianapolis could look very different to start the 2023 campaign, health not withstanding. With three seasons under his belt, Taylor is now looking ahead to the final year of his rookie deal.

Jan 9, 2023 9:58 AM EST

Going to injured reserve

The Colts placed Taylor on injured reserve Tuesday, JJ Stankevitz of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: This comes as no surprise after Taylor suffered a high-ankle sprain during Saturday's 39-36 loss at Minnesota. He's been tending to issues with his right ankle all season, and with three absences to come down the stretch, he'll end up missing six contests overall. In his 11 games of work, though, Taylor racked up 192 carries for 861 yards and four touchdowns and 28 catches (on 40 targets) for 143 yards. Moving forward, Indianapolis will turn to the backfield duo of Zack Moss and Deon Jackson to continue churning out production on the ground.

Dec 20, 2022 11:53 AM EST

Heading to IR

The Colts are expected to place Taylor (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Taylor's placement on IR will officially rule him out for the remainder of the 2022 campaign, after he suffered a right high-ankle sprain during Saturday's narrow loss to the Vikings. In a corresponding move, Indianapolis is promoting Jordan Wilkins to the 53-man roster, where he joins a backfield corps including Zack Moss and Deon Jackson. Across 11 appearances this season, Taylor carried the ball 192 times for 861 yards and four scores (4.5 YPC), and he secured 28 of 40 yargets for another 143 receiving yards.

Dec 20, 2022 7:56 AM EST

May be done for season

Taylor was diagnosed with right high-ankle sprain after exiting Saturday's 39-36 overtime loss to the Vikings and is considered highly unlikely to play again this season, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: Taylor is scheduled to meet with doctors over the next day or two before Indianapolis decides on his status for the final three regular-season games, but with the 4-9-1 Colts on the cusp of being eliminated from the playoffs, there's little incentive to expose the franchise running back to further injury. Assuming Taylor is sidelined for the next three weeks, he'll finish the 2022 campaign with 861 rushing yards and four scores on the ground to go with 28 receptions for 143 yards on 40 targets over his 11 appearances. The Colts appear set to proceed with Zack Moss as their top early down back and Deon Jackson as their top change-of-pace option out of the backfield the rest of the way.

Dec 19, 2022 6:22 AM EST

Sprains ankle, return up in air

Taylor has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle following Sunday's 39-36 overtime loss at Minnesota, and while the injury isn't considered to be a major one, it's unclear whether or not he'll be able to suit up for any of the Colts' final three games of the season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Taylor made an early exit from Week 15 action with a right ankle injury that didn't allow him to return and contained him to one catch (on one target) for 13 yards. In his place, Zack Moss racked up 24 carries for 81 yards, and Deon Jackson notched 13 rushes for 55 yards and caught his only target for a one-yard score. Assuming Taylor sits out at least a Week 16 matchup with the Chargers on Monday, Dec. 26, the duo of Moss and Jackson are poised for bigger workloads in the short term and potentially in both Weeks 17 and 18 as well.

Dec 17, 2022 3:44 PM EST

Won't return Saturday

Taylor (ankle) won't return to Saturday's game against the Vikings, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: With Taylor sidelined for the rest of the contest, Deon Jackson and Zack Moss are now slated to handle the Colts' backfield touches versus Minnesota. Taylor will now target a potential return to action when Indianapolis faces the Chargers in Week 16, a week from Monday.

Dec 17, 2022 10:45 AM EST

Exits Saturday's game

Taylor was forced out of Saturday's game against the Vikings with a right ankle injury, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Prior to his exit, Taylor caught one pass for 13 yards. In his absence, Zack Moss and Deon Jackson are next up for the Colts' backfield touches.

Dec 17, 2022 10:21 AM EST

Combines for 103 yards on SNF

Taylor gained 82 yards on 21 carries and caught three of four targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 54-19 loss to Dallas.

Analysis: Taylor was unable to extend his touchdown streak to four games, but he still put up a solid fantasy line in spite of a negative game script. He may have been afforded more scoring opportunities had Matt Ryan and Indy's dismal passing attack not turned the ball over five times. Last year's rushing leader has produced a 192/861/4 line through 10 games; a far cry from the monster totals we witnessed from him in 2021, but still good enough to warrant RB1 status. Taylor and the Colts have the upcoming bye week to help recuperate from this shellacking before resuming play against the Vikings on Dec. 18.

Dec 4, 2022 9:35 PM EST

Finds end zone in Week 12 loss

Taylor rushed 20 times for 86 yards and a touchdown while catching three of four targets for 12 yards in Monday's 24-17 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Taylor had nearly as many rushing yards on six first-half carries (34) as Matt Ryan had passing yards on 13 attempts (36), and Taylor was responsible for 11 of those yards as well. The Colts went into the locker room trailing 16-3, but an 89-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter put them in scoring position, and Taylor capitalized with a two-yard touchdown. Later in the third, Ryan and Taylor botched a handoff on Pittsburgh's one-yard line, leading to a Ryan fumble recovered by the Steelers. That play turned out to be a big one in a game that the Colts ultimately lost by a touchdown. Up next for Taylor and the Colts is a Week 13 trip to Dallas.

Nov 28, 2022 8:45 PM EST

Sluggish but finds end zone

Taylor ran for 84 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Analysis: Taylor added three catches for 10 yards on four targets but also lost a crucial fumble in the 17-16 loss. It initially looked like Taylor would run wild in this game, but after a strong opening drive the Eagles mostly shut him down from that point. The Eagles doubtlessly paid extra attention to the run -- something they could do with impunity since Darius Slay and James Bradberry are so good at corner -- so Taylor was more imposing than the box score might imply at a glance. Hopefully he'll find more room to run against Pittsburgh in Week 12.

Nov 20, 2022 2:42 PM EST

Erupts in Week 10 win

Taylor carried the ball 22 times for 147 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 25-20 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: After dealing with injuries that cost him three games over the prior five weeks and otherwise limited his production, Taylor appeared to be 100 percent healthy as he topped 100 rushing yards and got into the end zone for the first time since Week 1. Having Matt Ryan under center instead of Sam Ehlinger likely helped keep the Las Vegas defense from stacking the box against the run, but the entire Indy offense will face a much tougher opponent in Week 11 when the Eagles come to town.

Nov 13, 2022 7:26 PM EST

Suiting up Week 10

Taylor (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders after practicing as a full participant Thursday and Friday.

Analysis: A sprained ankle and a subsequent aggravation have kept Taylor from playing in three of the Colts' last five games, but his ability to practice fully on consecutive days to close out Week 10 prep appears to put him in a good spot on the health front as Sunday's contest approaches. Taylor should reclaim his usual role as the Colts' lead back in his return to the lineup, and the team may not have the luxury of easing him back in with a lighter workload while top backup Deon Jackson (knee) is out for the contest. The Colts have the newly acquired Zack Moss on hand and could bring up another running back from the practice squad to provide additional depth at the position, but expect Taylor to dominate the snaps and touches Sunday.

Nov 11, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Practices fully Thursday

Taylor (ankle) returned to a full practice Thursday.

Analysis: After being limited Wednesday, Taylor logged a full session Thursday, which sets the stage for the running back to return to action Sunday against the Raiders after being inactive in Week 9. With Nyheim Hines now with the Bills, who will handle backup RB duties this weekend remains up in the air, given that Deon Jackson (knee) has missed two straight practices. With that in mind, Zack Moss could make his debut with the Colts this weekend, while Jake Funk and Jordan Wilkins are potential practice squad elevations.

Nov 10, 2022 1:33 PM EST

Returns to limited practice

Taylor (ankle) was officially listed as limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Taylor was deemed a non-participant at practice last week before being ruled out for Sunday's loss to the Patriots, but his return to a limited session Wednesday suggests that the running back is trending in the right direction ahead of this weekend's game against the Raiders. Meanwhile, Deon Jackson -- who started in place of Taylor in Week 9 -- sat out the Colts' first practice of the week due to a knee issue.

Nov 9, 2022 1:25 PM EST

At practice Wednesday

Taylor (ankle) was present for Wednesday's practice, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Taylor didn't practice last week before being ruled out for Sunday's loss to the Patriots, but his presence at Wednesday's session is a positive indicator ahead of this weekend's contest versus the Raiders. The Colts' upcoming injury report will clarify the running back's participation level, in any case.

Nov 9, 2022 10:43 AM EST

Won't play Sunday

Taylor (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With Taylor unavailable, look for Deon Jackson to see an expanded workload Sunday, while Zack Moss could also mix in along with Phillip Lindsay, who is likely to be elevated from the Colts' practice squad, per James Boyd of The Athletic. Taylor will thus target a potential return to action in Week 10, when Indianapolis faces the Raiders.

Nov 4, 2022 10:25 AM EST

Not spotted at Friday's practice

Taylor (ankle) is not present for the start of Friday's practice, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Taylor appears to be missing his third straight practice of the week, which doesn't bode well for his availability heading into a Sunday matchup on the road against New England. If Friday's official injury report rules Taylor out for Week 9, or even if he manages to suit up while limited, Deon Jackson and Zack Moss will stand to lead Indianapolis' backfield. Phillip Lindsay and Jordan Wilkins would also be candidates to come up from the practice squad.

Nov 4, 2022 8:57 AM EST

Still not practicing

Taylor (ankle) wasn't present for Thursday's practice, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Taylor also didn't practice Wednesday, which clouds his status for Sunday's game against the Patriots. In his absence from Thursday's session, Deon Jackson and Zack Moss were present for practice along with practice squad members Phillip Lindsay and Jordan Wilkins.

Nov 3, 2022 10:33 AM EST

Sitting out practice Wednesday

Taylor (ankle) won't practice Wednesday, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Bowen relays that the running back tweaked his ankle in this past Sunday's loss to the Commanders and isn't 100 percent as this weekend's game against the Patriots approaches. If Taylor ends up sitting out or is limited in the contest, Deon Jackson and the newly acquired Zack Moss would be next up for touches out of the Indianapolis backfield after Nyheim Hines was dealt to the Bills on Tuesday.

Nov 2, 2022 9:33 AM EST

Returns after injury scare

Taylor carried the ball 16 times for 76 yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Commanders.

Analysis: Taylor was briefly sidelined early in the game by an ankle injury, though he returned to the field to dominate work out of the Colts' backfield. He was held in check for the vast majority of the game, though he did manage a 27-yard rush late in the first quarter to set up the team's first score of the game. Though Taylor appears to have avoided serious injury, Nyheim Hines was used at the goal line early in the fourth quarter -- perhaps an indication that Taylor was not at full strength. His practice status will be worth monitoring heading into a Week 9 matchup against the Patriots.

Oct 30, 2022 5:25 PM EST

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