Jonathan Taylor is back at practice and has a chance to return to the Colts lineup in Week 6

Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts a - (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts a - (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Jonathan Taylor returned to practice on Thursday for the Indianapolis Colts and has a good chance to play in Week 6.

In Week 5, Jonathan Taylor missed the first game of his football career. After rolling his ankle against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4, Taylor was unable to join the Indianapolis Colts with the quick turnaround for the Thursday night game against the Denver Broncos. However, Taylor did return to practice on Thursday and has a good chance to suit up and play in Week 6.

Taylor only practiced in a limited capacity but that’s a much more promising sign than not practicing at all. While Taylor is one the best running backs in the league and Indy would always like to have him on the field, the Colts especially need Taylor as Nyheim Hines is still working his way back from the concussion he suffered in Thursday’s game.

If Jonathan Taylor does return on Sunday, he and Indianapolis will be determined to get the run game rolling because it was not as productive as expected at the time Taylor went down. Through four games, Taylor only has 81 carries for 328 yards and one touchdown. For some, that’s solid stats but for Taylor and the Colts, the rushing attack has been really underwhelming.

Jonathan Taylor is back at practice for Colts

Much of the disappointment in the run game is due to Indy’s struggling offensive line. The line has been struggling to pass protect and run block and that has left Taylor with very little room to make plays and show off the skills that make him an elite back. However, it looked like the run blocking may have turned a corner in Week 5 against the Broncos.

Against Denver, a solid defense, the Colts were able to rush for 106 yards on 26 carries. The bulk of that yardage came from Deon Jackson, who carried the ball 13 times for 62 yards, and Phillip Lindsay, who added 11 rushes for 40 yards. Jackson and Lindsay saw some space that the offensive line hadn’t been creating in the weeks prior for Taylor.

This could’ve been because the defense wasn’t giving the same look since Jonathan Taylor wasn’t in the backfield, or, it could have something to do with Indy’s new combination of starting linemen. Whatever the case, it will be great to see a healthy Taylor back on the field and see if the Colts can help him get back into the rhythm of being the best running back in football.