Jonathan Taylor held out of Wednesday practice, “won’t be 100%” if active for Week 9

Colts’ RB Jonathan Taylor was a non-participant in Wednesday’s practice after tweaking his already-injured ankle against the Commanders in Week 8.

It’s been a slow season for the 2021 rushing leader, as Taylor’s put up just 462 yards on the ground this season. He’s been slowed down by poor offensive line play and a series of lower body injuries that have the potential to cause problems for the remainder of the year.

Taylor first injured his ankle in Week 4 against the Titans. Initially, the fear was that he was dealing with a high ankle sprain but there was never any official confirmation from team staff. Regardless, he missed Week 5 and didn’t return to practice until Week 6.


Though it hasn’t been made clear exactly what Taylor’s initial ankle injury was, it’s safe to assume it was a sprain of some sort because x-rays came back negative for fractures. Ankle sprains are difficult to deal with for any position to deal with, however running backs – especially those of Taylor’s caliber – feel the effects more than most other position groups.

The ankle joint complex supports the majority of lower body movements that are required to be a successful, high-intensity running back. Every move – sprinting, cutting, jumping, juking – a running back makes, the ankle plays a crucial role. When compromised, the ankle’s mobility is limited in a way that makes most agility moves impossible to execute at a high rate of success.

Taylor aggravating the injury again in Week 8 implies it wasn’t fully healed when he returned in Week 7. In that game against the Titans, he looked good though, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Fast forward to Week 8 against the Commanders and he looked good again – until the injury occured.

Taylor got off to a strong start, carrying the ball five times for 38 yards, including a 27-yard run on a drive that set the Colts up for a field goal. That was Taylor’s final play before he left the game and was ruled out.

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He then missed practice on Wednesday, with head coach Frank Reich explaining that Taylor “isn’t at 100%,” and the team doesn’t expect him to be at 100% for Week 9 either. It’s worth noting that Reich did not rule Taylor out.

Our algorithm calculates Taylor’s Injury Risk to be at 17%, which is considered Elevated but not High. His Health Performance Factor, though, is at 83%, which is Peak. For now, his metrics indicate he should be ready for Week 9, but given Taylor’s recent performances, it is possible we see him on a snap count if he does suit up.


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