Jonathan Taylor For The Indianapolis Colts

What Happened To Jonathan Taylor? And Will He Able To Play This Season?

On 19th December, news broke that Jonathan Taylor sustained an injury during his game against the Minnesota Vikings. This 23-year-old American Professional football player is playing for the Indianapolis Colts.

Taylor got drafted into the NFL in 2020 and got picked by the Indianapolis Colts. Since then, he has been a valuable running back player for the team. Taylor was in his best shape during the 2021 game season, but when it comes to this season, he rather seems frustrated.

When he scored one touchdown for every 18 carries last season, he could only do four touchdowns this season. Most of this decline in his performance is due to his decline in health. On top of that, he is suffering a serious knee injury which is posing a big question mark in his NFL career.

Jonathan Taylor For The Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Taylor For The Indianapolis Colts

The pressure is not just on him, but the entire team is suffering the loss. This season perhaps, is not the best one for the Indianapolis Colts as they have been dealing with bad luck one after the other.

This season, the team fired their head coach Frank Reich and made Jeff Saturday their interim coach. They lost to the Dallas Cowboys and thereby failed to improve their 9–8 record. The game with the Minnesota Vikings was the biggest blown lead in the history of the NFL.

They had a 33–0 score in the half time which became 39–36 in the second half. This game is famously known as the Indianapolis Choke, as no other team has been defeated with such a lead in the beginning. It is in this game Jonatha Taylor got injured.

Is Jonathan Taylor Injured?

Jonathan Taylor got injured while playing against the Minnesota Vikings. It was only after the game the team broke the news that Taylor was suffering from a High ankle sprain. A high ankle sprain usually takes multiple weeks for it to heal. This is putting the team in a tough spot.

After an embarrassing loss in the game against the Vikings, they are sitting at 4-9-1. With three weeks only remaining in this season, the chances of improving their position are hard. This injury is an additional blow to the team. Taylor’s return to the game is a question mark. The team will most likely have to finish the season without Jonathan Taylor.

Jonathan Taylor For The Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Taylor For The Indianapolis Colts

Taylor had an incredible 2021 season. He was ranked fifth on the NFL top 100 Players of 2022. He was also the winner of the 2021 Bert Bell Award. He received the most votes in fan bowl voting and was selected for the 2022 pro bowl. He became the rushing yard leader and rushing touchdown leader with 1181 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns.

Will Jonathan Taylor be able to play this season?

Jonathan Taylor returning back to the game is least likely. With an injury such as this, it will take at least a few weeks before he can fully heal. Even then, giving more strain on his injured legs will not be a good idea. The team is in a tough situation, with only three more weeks remaining.

For them not to get eliminated would be a miracle. This season is a lost game for the Colts as they need to defeat Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars for them to secure a position. They also need a three-game win streak to maintain their position. With their present condition, it is nearly impossible.

Jonathan Taylor For The Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Taylor For The Indianapolis Colts

The only positive thing in all this is that it will give Taylor proper time to rest. He does not need to worry about this season but can get the treatment and prepare for the next season. That is what the team should be focusing on as well, to put their attention to next season.  

A source revealed that Taylor is still seeing his doctors and getting treatment for his knee injury. It is important that the team look out for their future and not worry about their present situation. He is a valuable player but can only perform when he is in good shape.

Proper rest and treatment are what the player needs right now. That is to say. There is still a chance for Taylor to come back this season. We just have to wait and see their future decisions as it unveils.

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