Colts RB Jonathan Taylor ‘highly unlikely’ to return in 2022

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Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts runningback suffered a high ankle sprain during Week 15’s loss to Minnesota Vikings. His 2022 season looks over.

With just three games remaining and the Colts all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, there’s no viable reason for Taylor to finish out the season.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Taylor is still going in for more tests, but it’s “highly unlikely” he returns for the final three games.

Taylor has suffered from a constant ankle injury throughout the season. It has been a frustrating campaign for the league’s reigning champion as he’s tried to stay on the field.

He sustained the injury in Week 4, when he was playing against the Tennessee Titans. It forced him to miss two more games. He was able to return in Week 7 to play two more games, but he was then inactive because of an ankle injury suffered in Week 9.

Taylor returned in Week 10 and averaged 114.5 yards per week over the four subsequent games that led to the Week 14 bye. The injury occurred Saturday against the Vikings, when Taylor was being tackled and rolled on.

It’s the wise move to rest Taylor. It would be futile to play him in these last three games. This could only hurt their chances of a better draft pick for 2023. That should be the primary focus.

We’ll see how the Colts handle this situation, but the prudent move would be to shut Taylor down for the remaining three games while Deon Jackson and Zack Moss share the backfield reps.

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