Indianapolis Colts running back, Jonathan Taylor, continues to battle an ankle injury that may affect him for the rest of the season.
For the longest, Jonathan Taylor has been an iron man type player during his football career. It became an impressive feat how he never missed a practice or game in high school, college, or in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. Unfortunately, that streak came to an end earlier this season when Taylor missed practice with a toe injury. Even more unfortunate, that was just the start of Taylor’s injury problems this year.
In Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans, Jonathan Taylor suffered a high ankle sprain and the injury forced him to miss two consecutive games. Now, as the team prepares for Week 9, it’s becoming evident that this ankle injury is something that Taylor will have to manage throughout the remainder of the season.
Taylor has missed Colts practice on Wednesday and Thursday but he and the team are still holding out hope that he can suit up and play against the New England Patriots on Sunday. While it would be great for Taylor to get back to full strength, it seems like that process will be impacted by his being on the field. After tweaking the ankle again on Sunday, Taylor may just be looking at a situation where he has to get the ankle in the best possible shape to play, each week.
Jonathan Taylor misses Colts practice with ankle injury
In Indy’s Week 8 game against the Washington Commanders, it was evident that the ankle was bothering Taylor as he was seen continuously getting it taped on the sideline. Some even believe that the ankle is affecting Taylor’s play and is part of the reason Indy’s run game hasn’t really been able to get rolling as everyone expected. Currently, Taylor only has 107 carries for 462 yards and one touchdown.
The Colts as a team are averaging just 87.8 rushing yards a game, 29th in the NFL. An unexpected output from the team that had the second-best rushing attack last season. The struggling offensive line is the main reason but an unhealthy Jonathan Taylor definitely doesn’t help the situation. Fortunately, things look like they are improving.
Against the Commanders, Indy had its second-best rushing attack of the season, going for 135 yards as a team. Even Taylor had his second-best outing with 76 yards as he dealt with the ankle injury. If he can continue to manage the injury and show up on game days, the Colts may be able to keep improving the offense.