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Last Updated: 5/10/22 7:29 pm
Indianapolis Colts rerun Jonathan Taylor was ruled out of the team’s Thursday Night Football game against the Denver Broncos due to an ankle injury.
Taylor took a late hit in the Colts’ 24-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and did not return to the game.
The back-running All-Pro, who has been through constant rehab since his comeback attempt on Thursday, will now miss the first game of his collegiate and professional career.
On Tuesday, Colts head coaches Frank Reich and Taylor both said they hoped the injury wasn’t severe enough to hold him back. “But if you can’t go, you can’t go,” Taylor said.
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Taylor’s absence is a blow to the offense Indianapolis has struggled with in the first four weeks of the season, including the third-year star.
Taylor is the NFL’s top bucket runner in 2021, with 1,811 yards, but he’s only returned 328 times on 81 runs so far this year, failing to cross the 100-yard mark since Week One. , with no goals scored in the past three matches.
With Taylor absent, Nyheim Hines is estimated to get the majority of reps on Thursday night, though the backup RB has only made 11 yards from eight dashes in 2022 – an additional 17 catches for 113 yards.
The Colts are also likely to elevate the former Broncos veteran by bringing Phillip Lindsay back into the training lineup to take on his former team.
In addition to Taylor, the Colts (1-2-1) also eliminated full-back Shaquille Leonard, safety player Julian Blackmon and full-back Tyquan Lewis for the game in Denver (2-2).
Leonard broke his nose and suffered a concussion on his pre-season debut against the Titans. He is also listed with a back injury on Wednesday’s report. Blackmon has an ankle injury and Lewis is also dealing with a concussion.
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