Colts' Star Running Back Misses Another Practice

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor's frustrating season appears to have hit another snag. The third-year back missed his second straight practice Thursday after exacerbating an ankle injury in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Washington Commanders.

Taylor missed Week 5 and Week 6 with the troublesome ankle, but he handled meaningful loads over his previous two games, compiling 33 total touches for 161 yards from scrimmage. The two missed practices put him in serious danger of missing the Colts' Week 9 matchup with the New England Patriots.

Taylor's production has taken a significant step back since his AP Offensive Player of the Year runner-up campaign. After finishing last year with a league-leading 2171 yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns, the running back sports 533 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown through eight weeks. The Colts rank 30th in scoring this year partially due to his struggles.

Taylor joined the Colts as their 41st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The star running back amassed a preposterous 6174 rushing yards and 55 total touchdowns over 41 appearances with the Wisconsin Badgers, and his success carried over instantly to the NFL. Through 38 appearances with the Colts, Taylor sports an impressive 4172 yards from scrimmage and 33 touchdowns. He remains a huge asset to the team when healthy.

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