Jonathan Taylor is dealing with a thumb injury as Colts make a push for the playoffs

Jonathan Taylor has returned to elite form for the Indianapolis Colts but the running back is now dealing with a thumb injury that could sideline him.
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Jonathan Taylor had an elite game for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, carrying the ball 15 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns as he led Indy to a 27-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, it’s now being reported that Taylor sustained an injury in the game that could possibly sideline him.

On Tuesday, NFL insider, Ian Rapoport reported that Taylor suffered a thumb injury in the win. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but according to Rapoport, all options are on the table as the running back gets further evaluation.

Jonathan Taylor seeking further evaluation for injured thumb

Rapoport said that the injury was sustained in the first half but Taylor played the entire game, with most of his production coming in the second half. So if fans are looking for a reason to be optimistic, look no further than the fact that Taylor carried the ball 11 times for 59 yards and a touchdown with the injured thumb. While the evaluations will ultimately decide if Taylor can play through this injury or needs to be sidelined for a period of time, him initially playing through the injury is a promising sign.

Taylor’s season has already been largely impacted by injury, missing the first four games of the year while on the PUP list with an ankle injury. Since then, Jonathan Taylor has played in seven games, carrying the ball 100 times for 414 yards and four touchdowns. He has also caught 16 passes for 137 yards and an additional touchdown.

If Taylor does have to miss any time, the Colts have the privilege of leaning on Zack Moss, who has also been one of the best running backs in the league this season. When Taylor was sidelined to start the year, Moss was dominant on the ground. That has still been the case, as he and Taylor make up an elite 1-2 punch. On the season, Moss has 141 carries for 672 yards and five touchdowns. He also has 18 receptions for 138 yards and another touchdown.

Hopefully, Jonathan Taylor will be able to remain on the field this season, and he and Zack Moss can continue dominating on the ground.