Colts running back room faces new challenge as Zack Moss suffers significant injury

With the NFL world already watching the running back room for the Indianapolis Colts, Indy takes another hit with an injury to Zack Moss.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson (5) hands off to Indianapolis Colts running back
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson (5) hands off to Indianapolis Colts running back / Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar / USA TODAY

Indianapolis Colts running back Zack Moss suffered a broken arm in Monday’s training camp practice and is expected to be out for about four to six weeks, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. This is the latest major storyline in Indy’s running back room, with a ton of eyes already on the unit.

The veteran running back, who’s entering his fourth season in the league, is coming off a career year in which he saw an uptick in efficiency as he averaged 4.9 yards per carry (career-high) and although a small sample size, hauled in nearly all of his targets (84.6% catch rate). In 2022, Zack Moss played in 13 total games, eight with the Colts, finishing the season with 76 carries for 365 yards and one touchdown.

Colts RB Zack Moss to miss six weeks with broken arm

Moss was slated as the team's starting back moving forward in light of the Jonathan Taylor drama. Taylor is currently on the PUP list, and has also requested a trade as he seeks a new contract. With his future up in the air, Moss had an opportunity to be RB1. Now, he'll be set back at least six weeks until he can once again fight for the team's starting spot.

This injury threatens Moss' availability for the regular season opener, as well as provides an honest look at what remains in the Colts' backfield for the preseason. The only healthy RBs left on the roster are Deon Jackson, Jake Funk and rookies Evan Hull and Zavier Scott.

With the news, Indy could look to add to its now-thin RB room via free agency. A heap of proven NFL talents are still available, but as the state of the RB market stands, it's likely safe to say Indy won't be shopping a RB for anymore than the vet minimum.

As alluded to earlier with him being in his fourth NFL season, Moss is currently playing out the last year of his rookie deal. As he works to get healthy, even more eyes will turn to Jonathan Taylor’s situation to see when he’ll return to the field for the Colts, if ever.