Just as things started to heat up for Jonathan Taylor and the Indianapolis Colts, the star running back has encountered yet another bump in the road this season. On Tuesday morning, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Taylor had a thumb injury that the team was getting further evaluated. The initial report made it clear that everything from playing through the injury to being placed on injured reserve was on the table.
Now it’s officially being reported that Taylor will miss some time. Team owner Jim Irsay told The Athletic’s James Boyd that Taylor will undergo thumb surgery. With the procedure set to take place in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the team is hoping that Taylor can be back on the field competing in two to three weeks.
Jonathan Taylor will be sidelined multiple weeks after thumb surgery
While this definitely isn’t good news, the timeline seems rather optimistic. With six games remaining in the regular season, Taylor will have the chance to return quickly and still help the Colts make a push for the playoffs. However, Ian Rapoport is reporting that injured reserve is still an option for the running back, which would sideline Taylor for atleast four weeks.
This has been a rocky year for Taylor and the Colts. It, of course, started with a contract dispute and Taylor missing the first four games of the season with an ankle injury. However, Jonathan Taylor and Indianapolis were able to agree on an extension, and over the last seven games, JT has re-established himself as a top back in the league, carrying the ball 100 times for 414 yards and four touchdowns. He has also caught 16 passes for 137 yards and an additional touchdown.
Taylor sustained the injury in the first half of Indy’s win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Still, he was able to finish the game, having one of his best performances of the year, rushing for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
For however long Jonathan Taylor is sidelined, the Colts will lean on Zack Moss who has been great all year. On the season, Moss has 141 carries for 672 yards and five touchdowns. He also has 18 receptions for 138 yards and another touchdown. Moss will keep the rushing attack alive as Indy fights for a playoff spot.