For now, running back Jonathan Taylor remains with the Indianapolis Colts.
The team allowed him to seek a trade during the offseason, but no negotiations went through despite some interest.
Therefore, he will likely play the final year of his rookie contract with the Colts, barring any last-minute transactions.
However, a high ankle injury has sidelined him since Week 15 of last season.
This time, he can return to team practices in Week 5 of the 2023 NFL season after spending the first four weeks on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
While it’s uncertain if he will play in their Week 5 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, Colts head coach Shane Steichen welcomes Taylor’s addition.
“He’s a big-time player… obviously, one of the best backs in the league,” Steichen said through the Colts’ Twitter account via Pro Football Network.
#Colts head coach Shane Steichen is thrilled to have Jonathan Taylor back at practice.
"He's a big-time player… obviously, one of the best backs in the league." 😤
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) October 4, 2023
Taylor has become one of the best running backs in the National Football League.
Two seasons ago, he led the league in rushing yards (1,811), attempts (332), and touchdowns (18).
Those numbers earned him his first First-Team All-Pro and first Pro Bowl nods.
Unfortunately, injuries limited him to 11 games last season.
Despite his shortened season, he still had solid numbers of 861 yards and four touchdowns.
Initially, Taylor could not care less if the Colts didn’t have a contract extension in place for him.
However, his sentiment changed after his fellow running backs Tony Pollard, Saquon Barkley, and Josh Jacobs didn’t get long-term contracts either.
But even if he wanted out of Indianapolis, no team pushed through to acquire him.
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