The Indianapolis Colts placed RB Jonathan Taylor on their COVID list Saturday, meaning he will not play Sunday against the Titans.
Taylor’s absence means more work for Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Hines is more of the passing-down back already in Indianapolis and has jumped up to No. 14 in our half-PPR rankings. Wilkins still has value as an early-down back and is now inside our top 30 backs, making him a worthy flex option in a huge AFC South battle with the Titans for first place.
Jonathan Taylor hasn’t been so bulletproof in Indianapolis. Initially promoted to the bell cow role in the Colts’ offense after starter Marlon Mack suffered a torn Achilles in the season opener, Taylor leads Indianapolis running backs in carries (106), yards (416), yards per carry (3.9) and touchdowns (4), but his playing time has been severely limited the past two weeks.
As the story pointed out, Taylor was forced into the bell cow roll after Mack went down, and even he wasn't expecting it. The story added Taylor has responded by working hard, impressing teammates and coaches with his work ethic, his preparation and his desire to live up to his draft billing and hasn't show any disappointed in his new time share. It's possible that work ethic could earn him his bell cow role back at some point this season, which is why the Colts are highly invested in him.
Taylor did score his team's only TD but finished with a rushing line of just 6-27-1 while Wilkins ran 11 times for 39 yards. Taylor had a key fumble lost as well which could have contributed to his lack of touches. Taylor has had one carry in the second half in each of the last two games. Right now, it looks like a three-headed committee at RB for the Colts.
Nov 06 · 7:27 PM EST
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor (ankle) took full practice reps again Friday. Taylor's lower Week 8 workload was blamed on his ankle, but the full reps indicate that he's fairly healthy. Jordan Wilkins (groin) was also full on Friday.