Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Tyrod Taylor to start Week 18

Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor is the starter for New York in the Week 18 season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Head coach Brian Daboll said Wednesday he’s rolling with Taylor with a goal of “winning the game,” not developing players — such as rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito.

Taylor, 34, becomes a free agent in March, whereas DeVito is under contract next season.

Taylor missed the entire month of November with a rib injury that forced him to injured reserve. He was “disappointed” but diplomatic upon his return to the active roster when Daboll decided to keep DeVito in the starting role.

Taylor has completed 93 of 148 passes for 1,044 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He connected with wide receiver Darius Slayton on an 80-yard touchdown in the third quarter last week, easily the longest pass play of the season for the Giants, but New York lost 26-25 to the Los Angeles Rams.

Sunday’s meeting with the Eagles is the second between division rivals since Philadelphia’s 33-25 win on Christmas Day. The Giants have lost three straight games.

Taylor came off the bench to relieve DeVito at halftime and completed 7 of 16 passes for 133 yards with one touchdown and an interception in a near rally for the upset.

–Field Level Media

Nov 26, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) runs to get past Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Dee Delaney (30) during the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Colts RB Jonathan Taylor trending toward facing Falcons

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor took part in full practice Thursday, but still isn’t certain if he will return for the team’s game at the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

“It depends on how today goes, and tomorrow,” Taylor said. “Really today — this will tell you a lot, the first full speed day.”

Taylor suffered a thumb injury against Tampa Bay on Nov. 26, undergoing surgery three days later. He returned to the practice field for the Colts’ walk-through on Wednesday before ramping it up for Thursday’s full practice.

Taylor said he doesn’t know exactly when he injured the thumb against the Buccaneers, but said he struggled to grip the ball during the game. In his place, Zack Moss, Trey Sermon and Tyler Goodson combined for 157 yards on 28 carries in Sunday’s 30-13 victory over Pittsburgh.

Taylor also missed a Week 13 win over Tennessee and a loss to Cincinnati the following week. Indianapolis is tied atop the AFC North at 8-6 along with Jacksonville and Houston, and the Colts are currently in the final wild card spot in the AFC.

“For me personally, I was sick,” Taylor said. “I knew we would be good as a team because I know the guys we have, the players we have, the mentality we have. I was just sick because I’m like man, another one? I just had my first (surgery). No one likes getting cut open. At all.”

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). He also has 16 catches for 137 yards and one score.

Moss did not practice for the second consecutive day due to a forearm injury. However, wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. did return to practice four days after a vicious hit from Damontae Kazee that led to the Steelers safety being ejected from the game and later suspended for the remainder of the season by the NFL.

Kicker Matt Gay returned to limited practice Thursday as he is dealing with a right hip injury.

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) scores a touchdown Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Colts’ Jonathan Taylor practices, Michael Pittman Jr. limited

Colts running back Jonathan Taylor was projected as a full participant Wednesday, but not all of the injury news out of Indianapolis was positive.

The Colts held a walkthrough and the injury report is an approximation of health ahead of Week 16.

Taylor’s return appears to be right on cue considering backup running back Zack Moss (forearm) didn’t practice and wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. was limited. Moss exited Saturday’s win over Pittsburgh in the first half with an arm injury. Pittman also left Saturday’s game following a vicious helmet-first hit that led to the ejection of Steelers safety Damontae Kazee and a ban of the defensive back for the rest of the season by the league.

One addition to the report not previously known was kicker Matt Gay. He was listed as “DNP” with a right hip injury after missing three field goals and an extra point in the past two games.

Gay is the only kicker on the 53-man roster.

Taylor hasn’t been on the field with the Colts since he was injured during a Nov. 26 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and underwent surgery three days later.

Indianapolis (8-5) plays at Atlanta (6-8) on Sunday.

The Colts beat the Steelers last week, their fifth victory in six games, and are even with the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars in the division race with three regular-season games remaining.

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). 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.

–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

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) rushes the ball Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Colts RB Jonathan Taylor (thumb) out against Steelers

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor will be out for a third straight game due to a thumb injury.

Head coach Shane Steichen said Thursday that Taylor won’t play Saturday when the Colts (7-6) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) in a game crucial to both teams’ wild-card chances in the AFC playoff race.

Steichen also ruled out starting right tackle Braden Smith for the second straight game due to a knee injury.

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.

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

Smith, 27, has started eight games this season and 78 of his 80 games since the Colts drafted him in the second round in 2018.

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) rushes the ball Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Colts rule out RB Jonathan Taylor (thumb) for Sunday

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor will miss his second straight game Sunday due to a thumb injury.

Starting right tackle Braden Smith was also ruled out Friday for the Week 14 game at Cincinnati due to a knee injury sustained in last Sunday’s win at Tennessee.

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 ranks second on the Colts (7-5) with 414 rushing yards and four touchdowns in seven games (five starts) this season. He 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.

Smith, 27, has started eight games this season and 78 of his 80 games since the Colts drafted him in the second round in 2018.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) runs off the field after an injury during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Tyrod Taylor to practice, could regain QB1 job

Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor returned to practice Monday as New York opened his 21-day window to be activated from injured reserve.

If Taylor proves healthy, he’s an option to leap back into the starting role over rookie Tommy DeVito for next Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers (6-6), NFL Network reported.

The Giants (4-8) are returning from a bye week that followed back-to-back wins with DeVito at the helm.

Taylor was placed on injured reserve with a rib injury on Nov. 4, along with tight end Darren Waller (hamstring). This is the earliest he was eligible to return to the 53-man roster based on IR rules.

Taylor, 34, had started three games while Daniel Jones was out with a neck issue. Jones landed on injured reserve with a knee injury, which pushed the undrafted DeVito into the QB1 role.

Taylor completed 57 of 87 passes for 579 yards and two touchdowns before he was placed on IR.

DeVito has completed 62.9 percent of his passes (66 of 105) for 697 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2023; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Elko looks on before the first half of the game against Pittsburgh Panthers at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports

Duke made bid to retain Mike Elko, names Trooper Taylor interim coach

Duke bargained with head coach Mike Elko “into the late hours” on Monday morning before he opted to accept a new job at Texas A&M.

Trooper Taylor was named interim head coach following the formal announcement by Texas A&M of Elko’s hiring.

“I met with the current student-athletes this morning as well as the staff,” athletic director Nina King said Monday.

Taylor, 53, has been on the Duke coaching staff since 2019 in multiple roles and held the title of associate head coach and RBs coach in 2023.

King said a national search headed by Parker Executive Search was underway Monday.

“Our goal is to find an exceptional head coach to come in and lead this group of elite student-athletes. We will be thorough in our process and we will act swiftly,” King said.

Taylor’s stints as an assistant coach include major programs Baylor (1993-97), Tennessee (2004-07), Oklahoma State (2008) and Auburn (2009-12).

–Field Level Media

October 15, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (23) celebrates a first down during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Rams designate RB Kyren Williams for return from IR

The Los Angeles Rams designated running back Kyren Williams for return from injured reserve Wednesday and the expectation is that he’ll be ready to play this week.

Williams has missed the past four games with an ankle injury sustained against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 15. The Rams (4-6) visit the Cardinals (2-9) on Sunday.

The Rams also designated safety Jason Taylor II for return but it’s unclear if he’ll be ready to play Sunday. The Rams have 21 days to add him to the 53-man roster.

Williams’ return to practice comes a day after the team waived running back Darrell Henderson.

Henderson rushed 46 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns in four games (all starts) this season. He also had 10 catches for 103 yards.

Henderson, 26, was drafted in the third round by the Rams out of Memphis in 2019. He has 1,854 career rushing yards with 15 touchdowns and 76 catches for 577 yards and four scores in 54 games (32 starts) for Los Angeles.

Williams suffered his injury during the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 26-9 win over the Cardinals last month. Williams rushed for 158 yards against the Cardinals, the most by a Rams running back since December 2020.

Williams, 23, has 456 yards rushing and six touchdowns in six games (five starts) this season. He has 13 receptions for 105 yards and one score.

Taylor, a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft, has been on IR since the start of the season with a groin injury. He’s yet to play in his first pro game.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA;  New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito (15) warms up before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Giants stick with rookie QB Tommy DeVito at Washington

New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito will start his second consecutive game, guiding the NFL’s lowest-scoring offense in an NFC East matchup Sunday with the host Washington Commanders.

DeVito came out of last weekend’s defeat at Dallas with a dinged right shoulder, but Giants head coach Brian Daboll said Wednesday that he’s ready to go.

The undrafted rookie had two touchdown passes in a 41-17 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday in his first NFL start. It was just the third time this season the Giants scored multiple touchdowns.

The Giants (2-8) lost starting quarterback Daniel Jones to a season-ending ACL injury on Nov. 5 in the first half of a 30-6 loss at Las Vegas.

DeVito has three touchdowns and three interceptions this season. Daboll indicated after the Dallas game that the Giants are likely to ride with DeVito at Washington and Nov. 26 against New England before the bye week.

Tyrod Taylor is eligible to return from injured reserve following the bye.

Taylor ran sprints at the facility on Wednesday morning. He’s still in the upramp phase of an eventual return from a rib injury.

Three players are not practicing on Wednesday due to concussion protocol: pass-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, wide receiver Jalin Hyatt and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson. Right tackle Evan Neal (ankle) is also not practicing.

–Field Level Media