Jonathan Taylor Injury Update: When Will RB Be Back And Return To Colts?

Written By Matt Burke on September 21, 2023
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The NFL season is underway but one of the league’s top running backs is still sitting at home. Colts RB Jonathan Taylor was placed on the PUP list ahead of the start of the season and he remains at odds with the Indianapolis front office over a new contract. Taylor was one of the more polarizing players in fantasy football drafts this year due to his murky status. Those who did pull the trigger on him in drafts are now wondering when will Jonathan Taylor return and be back on the field. Below we will dish out an update on Taylor’s current status.

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When will Jonathan Taylor return and be back on the field for the Colts?

Many fantasy football owners are currently asking when will Jonathan Taylor return and be back on the field for the Colts. The earliest possible date we could see Taylor back on the field is Sunday, October 8. That is Week 5 of the season. Indianapolis placed Taylor on the PUP list ahead of the season with an ankle injury but that decision may have had more to do with Taylor’s ongoing contract dispute. Taylor had surgery on the ankle in January but likely would have been healthy enough to suit up in Week 1 if not for the contract issues. If things somehow work out with the Colts here is what their schedule looks like around that time.

  • Week 5 October 8: Titans vs. Colts
  • Week 6 October 15: Colts vs. Jaguars
  • Week 7 October 22: Browns vs. Colts
  • Week 8 October 29: Saints vs. Colts

Colts GM Chris Ballard recently offered a glimmer of hope that Taylor has not played his last down for the Colts.

“Relationships are repairable. They’re repairable,” Ballard said. “When guys get emotional and take a stance, you’ve got to be able to work through those. We’ve got work to do.”

The Colts trading Taylor is still very much on the table and the talented RB would instantly become one of the hottest commodities in fantasy football if that were to come to fruition. Miami and Green Bay have been two teams rumored to be interested in trading for Taylor.

Taylor and his agent likely want him to remain on the PUP list past the first four games as the RB is still getting paid while on the list. If Taylor were to remain on the PUP list for the entire season, however, his contract would roll over a year and he would be in the exact same predicament with the Colts next off-season.

NFL lines 

Here are lines for this coming week’s games. View the spreads and moneylines from the best sports betting sites below.

Colts odds

The Colts are expected to be among the dregs of the NFL. Indy is around +12500 to win the Super Bowl. Only the Texans and Cardinals had longer odds at the start of the season.