Indianapolis – Colts All Pro Run Back Jonathan Taylor He will miss the first game in his college or professional career after being disqualified for Thursday’s game on the road against the Denver Broncos.
Taylor suffered a severely sprained ankle late in the Colts’ 24-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday and hasn’t returned to the game. He’s been undergoing an ongoing rehab process ever since in a bid to get him back on Thursday night, even suggesting on Tuesday that a decision on his preparation could come shortly before kick-off.
But in the end, the third-year player could not overcome the injury.
“I definitely plan to play, but if you can’t go you can’t go,” Taylor said on Tuesday. “That’s why you should get as much treatment as possible.”
The Colts have been struggling to create a consistent running game even with Taylor in the lineup, so his absence won’t make things any easier. The Fifth Week Colts ranked 27 in yard dash per game (87.8) and per carry (3.5), a far cry from last season, when Taylor was the NFL lead with 1,811 yards and led the Colts league in rushing.