The saga between Jonathan Taylor and the Indianapolis Colts has recently taken another turn. On Tuesday, the star running back wasn’t in attendance for the team’s training camp practice. Taylor has been on the PUP list since the team returned for camp, but he’s been in attendance for every practice, until Tuesday.
His absence led to everyone questioning if it had anything to do with the contract dispute and lingering trade request. However, immediately following practice, head coach Shane Steichen explained that Taylor was absent because he’s rehabbing his ankle, and that anytime Taylor isn’t seen on the field, it’s because of rehab.
But, Steichen wouldn’t reveal if that rehab was at the team’s facility or if Taylor was away completely, and that made the entire situation much more confusing and hard to believe. It was clear that Steichen didn’t really want to get into the situation, just expressing his desire to see Taylor healthy and on the field before the season starts.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport went on air to add more context, reporting that Taylor is away from the team receiving treatment for his ankle and that he’ll “be away from the team for a little bit” while getting completely healthy. Rapoprt also said that Taylor’s future in Indy is still up in the air.
Jonathan Taylor will be away from team rehabbing ankle
This situation continues to get more weird and confusing by the day, as the Colts seem to be revealing as little information as possible. By doing that, the team is leaving room for fans and the media to try and fill in the gaps. Was Taylor sent to a specialist? Why can’t he continue rehabbing at the team’s facility? Did the team actually send him away and are just using the rehab angle to cover up a messy contract situation?
These are the kind of questions that everyone’s asking. It’s unlikely that Indianapolis, or Taylor, ever provide true answers to the questions; at least not anytime soon. All anyone can do is wait and see when Taylor will be activated off the PUP list, and if he’ll play this season with the Indianapolis Colts.