Dec 16, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Zack Moss (21) slides into the end zone for a touchdown while being chased by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Elandon Roberts (50) and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Mykal Walker (38) during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Scheer-USA TODAY Sports

Colts RB Zack Moss downgraded to out vs. Falcons

Indianapolis Colts running back Zack Moss has been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game against the host Atlanta Falcons.

Moss initially was listed as questionable with a forearm injury after failing to participate in practice this week. He sustained the injury in a play during which he scored a receiving touchdown in Indianapolis’ 30-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Saturday.

Star running back Jonathan Taylor is expected to return to action for the Colts (8-6) after suffering a thumb injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 26. The 2021 NFL rushing leader has missed Indianapolis’ past three games.

Moss, 26, has recorded career-high totals in carries (177), rushing yards (764) and rushing touchdowns (five) in 13 games this season. He also has 27 receptions for 192 yards and two scores.

Also on Saturday, the Colts elevated wide receiver Ethan Fernea and offensive tackle Jared Veldheer from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s contest.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) hands off to running back Jonathan Taylor (28) during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Colts RB Jonathan Taylor could return Week 16

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor is close to being cleared to play after missing three games due to a thumb injury that required surgery.

Head coach Shane Steichen said Sunday that Taylor is progressing and has a chance to be in the lineup this weekend for a Christmas Eve game at Atlanta.

The Colts (8-6) won for the fifth time in six games, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-13 on Saturday, and played for the seventh time this season without Taylor.

“We’ll see how the week goes,” Steichen said. “He’s feeling good though.”

Taylor was injured during a Nov. 26 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and underwent surgery three days later.

After missing the first four games of the season due to a contract standoff and an ankle injury, Taylor has amassed 414 rushing yards and four touchdowns in seven games (five starts) this season. He also has 16 catches for 137 yards and one score.

Taylor has 5,194 yards from scrimmage and scored 41 touchdowns in 50 career games (46 starts). Taylor, 24, was the NFL rushing champion with 1,811 yards in his second season in the league.

Taylor’s return would be well-timed after backup running back Zack Moss exited Saturday’s win over Pittsburgh in the first half with an arm injury. Lead wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. also left following a vicious helmet-first hit that led to the ejection of Steelers safety Damontae Kazee.

Steichen said Sunday that Pittman is in the concussion protocol and is doing “good,” but wasn’t pleased after reviewing the hit again on film.

“It probably shouldn’t happen. He led with the crown of his helmet, and you never want to see that,” Steichen said.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) celebrates after an NFL International Series game against the New England Patriots at Deutsche Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor (thumb) being evaluated

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor sustained a thumb injury in Sunday’s win against Tampa Bay, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The injury requires further testing and “puts his status in doubt going forward,” per the report.

Taylor, 24, ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the 27-20 victory against the Buccaneers.

He ranks second on the Colts (6-5) with 414 rushing yards and four touchdowns in seven games (five starts) this season. Taylor also has 16 catches for 137 yards and one score.

The 2021 NFL rushing champion has gained 5,194 yards from scrimmage and scored 41 touchdowns in 50 games (46 starts) since the Colts drafted him in the second round in 2020.

Zack Moss has a team-high 672 rushing yards and five TDs for the Colts, who visit the Tennessee Titans (4-7) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) stands near other running backs during drills Monday, July 31, 2023, during training camp at the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana.

Reports: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor agrees to 3-year, $42M extension

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor agreed to terms on a three-year, $42 million contract extension that includes $26.5 million guaranteed, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.

Taylor was activated to the 53-man roster Saturday and the Colts waived fellow running back Jake Funk. The team also lifted Taylor’s questionable tag for Sunday’s game against the visiting Tennessee Titans after he worked through the final recovery stages of an ankle injury.

Taylor underwent offseason ankle surgery and sat out the first four games this season while on the physically unable to perform list.

Taylor, a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, was in the final year of his four-year, $7.8 million rookie contract and was due to receive a $4.3 million base salary this season.

Taylor, 24, rushed for 861 yards and four touchdowns in 11 starts last season. The 2021 All-Pro selection has gained 4,643 yards from scrimmage and scored 36 TDs in 43 career games (41 starts).

The Colts’ leading rusher through four games this year is Zack Moss with 280 yards and one touchdown on 66 carries. Rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson has rushed for 131 yards and four scores.

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Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) makes his way around the field Friday, July 28, 2023, during an indoor practice at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana.

Colts coach on Jonathan Taylor’s status vs. Titans: ‘We’ll see’

Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen wasn’t too forthcoming about star running back Jonathan Taylor’s availability for Sunday’s game against the visiting Tennessee Titans.

When asked if Taylor will play versus the Titans (2-2), Steichen said the following on Friday: “We’ll see.”

Taylor underwent offseason ankle surgery and sat out the first four games of this campaign while on the physically unable to perform list. The Colts (2-2) have to activate Taylor to the 53-man roster by Saturday for him to be on the field against Tennessee.

Also on Friday, Steichen announced linebacker Shaquille Leonard (groin), defensive end Kwity Paye (concussion) and left tackle Bernhard Raimann (concussion) have been ruled out versus the Titans.

Center Ryan Kelly cleared concussion protocol and will play on Sunday, Steichen said.

Taylor, a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, also has been locked in a contract dispute with the team, seeking an extension. He is in the final year of his four-year, $7.8 million rookie contract and was due to receive a $4.3 million base salary this season.

He declined Thursday to talk about the potential for a contract extension.

Taylor, 24, rushed for 861 yards and four touchdowns in 11 starts last season. The 2021 All-Pro selection has gained 4,643 yards from scrimmage and scored 36 TDs in 43 career games (41 starts).

The Colts’ leading rusher through four games this year is Zack Moss with 280 yards and one touchdown on 66 carries. Rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson has rushed for 131 yards and four scores.

–Field Level Media

NFL Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor

RB Jonathan Taylor committed to Colts for now, at least

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor told reporters Thursday that he is committed to the team, at least in the moment.

“I’m here right now,” he said.

He had not practiced with the team since December after suffering a season-ending right ankle injury. Back this week, it isn’t clear whether he sees a future with the Colts after asking for a trade this summer amid a contract dispute.

“I don’t think it matters if I’m saying I’m committed or not, because I’m here,” said Taylor, who wasn’t present for most of training camp. “If somebody wasn’t committed, they wouldn’t be here. And right now, I’m here and my No. 1 goal is to attack this first practice. It’s been over 290 days, I believe.”

Taylor, a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is in the final year of his four-year, $7.8 million rookie contract and was due to receive a $4.3 million base salary this season.

He declined Thursday to talk about the potential for a contract extension.

“I’m not here to get into any contract things,” he said. “Those were over the course of the offseason, but the season is here. We’ve got the Tennessee Titans on the clock. Division matchup. What are you going to do?”

The Colts designated Taylor to return from the physically unable to perform list, giving them 21 days to place him on the active roster. Coach Shane Steichen said it is possible Taylor will play Sunday against the Titans.

Reports from Indianapolis indicated there has been a reduction in the tension between Taylor and the front office, but Taylor said his health is the biggest factor in being back with the team.

“The No. 1 thing that changed is that I’m finally able to step on the field,” he said. “Like I said, it’s a big day. It’s a huge day.”

Taylor, 24, rushed for 861 yards and four touchdowns in 11 starts last season. The 2021 All-Pro selection has gained 4,643 yards from scrimmage and scored 36 TDs in 43 career games (41 starts).

The Colts’ leading rusher through four games this year is Zack Moss with 280 yards and one touchdown on 66 carries. Rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson has rushed for 131 yards and four scores.

The Colts are tied for first place in the AFC South — along with every other team in the division. Every team is 2-2.

–Field Level Media

July 31, 2023; Westfield, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) stands near other running backs during drills Monday, July 31, 2023, during training camp at the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana. Mandatory Credit: Mykal McEldowney-USA TODAY Sports

Colts RB Jonathan Taylor returns to practice

The Indianapolis Colts officially opened the 21-day practice window for disgruntled running back Jonathan Taylor on Wednesday, designating him for return from the physically unable to perform list.

Taylor, in addition to being unhappy with his contract, was recovering from surgery in January on his right ankle. He was estimated as a full participant for Wednesday’s walk-through practice.

Taylor didn’t speak with the media; he’s not required to since he’s not on the 53-man roster.

“I know he’s excited to be back and I’m excited to see what he does with it,” Colts rookie QB Anthony Richardson told reporters. “He’s a great guy. I love him. We talk almost every other day … I think our relationship’s pretty tight. We’ll see how it is on the field.”

Now, the waiting begins to see whether Taylor actually plays another game for the Colts or gets traded, per his wishes from the summer. If he’s not activated in 21 days, he would be shut down for the rest of the season. He could also be traded or released.

Taylor, 24, requested a trade in July after Indianapolis failed to offer him an extension. He is due to earn $4.3 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract.

Taylor rushed for 861 yards and four touchdowns in 11 starts last season. The 2020 second-round pick and 2021 All-Pro selection has gained 4,643 yards from scrimmage and scored 36 TDs in 43 career games (41 starts).

The Colts’ leading rusher through four games this year is Zack Moss with 280 yards and one touchdown on 66 carries. Richardson has rushed for 131 yards and four scores.

The Colts are tied for first place in the AFC South — along with every other team in the division. Every team is 2-2, with Indianapolis hosting the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2023; Westfield, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) makes his way around the field during an indoor practice at Grand Park Sports Campus. Mandatory Credit: Mykal McEldowney/The Indianapolis Star-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor (ankle) to pass physical

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor is expected to pass his physical as soon as Sunday, according to multiple media reports.

Taylor, who is nursing an ankle injury, is not eligible to return to the team until Week 5 after he was placed on the physically unable to perform list.

Taylor, 24, had requested a trade on July 30 over the lack of contract extension talks. The NFL trade deadline is Oct. 31.

Colts owner Jim Irsay had said publicly the team does not plan to offer him a long-term contract nor trade him in the preseason. Later in August, the Colts reportedly gave Taylor permission to seek a trade.

Multiple media reports had the Colts in trade discussions for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson and other options, and for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle.

Taylor, who will make $4.3 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract, can remain with the team this season. Indianapolis could then use the franchise tag on him or try to trade him next offseason.

Last season, Taylor was limited by injuries to 11 games and rushed for 861 yards and four touchdowns. He had surgery on the ankle in the offseason.

He led the league in 2021 with 332 rushing attempts, 1,118 yards, a 106.5 per-game average, 18 TDs, 2,171 total yards and 20 total touchdowns rushing and receiving.

Taylor has rushed for 3,841 yards and 33 touchdowns and added 104 catches for 802 yards and three scores in 43 games (41 starts) since the Colts drafted him in the second round in 2020 out of Wisconsin.

–Field Level Media

Chicago Bears cornerback Tyrique Stevenson (29) drives Indianapolis Colts running back Kenyan Drake (31) out of bounds with a tackle during the first half of an NFL preseason game Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Report: Colts release RB Kenyan Drake

The Indianapolis Colts released running back Kenyan Drake, NFL Network reported on Sunday.

The reported departure of Drake comes as the Colts are allowing star running back Jonathan Taylor to pursue a trade. In addition to Taylor and an injured Zack Moss (broken arm), Indianapolis has fellow running backs Deon Jackson, rookie Evan Hull, Jake Funk and Jason Huntley.

Drake signed with the Colts earlier this month. He had 13 carries for 36 yards and three receptions for 29 yards in the team’s three preseason games.

Drake, 29, had 482 rushing yards (4.4 per carry) and four touchdowns in 12 games (five starts) for the Baltimore Ravens amid injuries to fellow running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. Drake added 17 receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown.

In seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2016-19), Arizona Cardinals (2019-20), Las Vegas Raiders (2021) and Ravens, Drake has run for 3,866 yards (4.5 per carry) and 33 touchdowns and added 216 receptions for 1,624 yards and eight TDs.

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July 31, 2023; Westfield, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) walks to a drill Monday, July 31, 2023, during training camp at the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana. Mandatory Credit: Mykal McEldowney-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Colts grant RB Jonathan Taylor permission to seek trade

Colts running back Jonathan Taylor received the blessing of the team to seek a trade on Monday, according to multiple reports.

The disgruntled Taylor is dealing with an ankle injury and informed the Colts he wanted to move on after a face-to-face meeting with team owner Jim Irsay. Irsay informed Taylor that a long-term contract offer would not be extended until the end of the 2023 season.

Taylor, who is on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list after offseason ankle surgery, left the team the twice during training camp, ostensibly to rehab his ankle out of state.

Taylor is in the final year of his contract and has a base salary of $4.3 million. Given recent contracts for players at the position, it’s unclear where Taylor’s asking price with the Colts was set or if he’d consider a short-term deal to grease the skids for a trade out of Indy.

The Colts shared no details about the rehab protocol or process in place and head coach Shane Steichen effectively stopped discussing Taylor’s status last week.

“Now, he’s finishing his rehab process,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Hopefully, as we move forward here, we’ll get him back. But we need to get him 100 percent healthy before we do anything.”

An All-Pro in 2021, Taylor led the NFL in rushing that year with 1,811 yards. In his three NFL seasons, he has amassed 3,841 yards on the ground with 33 touchdowns, and 802 yards receiving with three scores.

–Field Level Media