Colts’ Jonathan Taylor Suffers Thumb Injury During Week 12 Win

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor sustained a right thumb injury during a Week 12 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Taylor suffered the injury in the first half of the game but continued to play the entire second half, scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 91 yards.

After undergoing an MRI on Monday, Taylor was diagnosed with ligament damage in his right hand, prompting him to undergo surgery. Team owner Jim Irsay expressed concerns about Taylor’s ability to grip the ball and hand strength, indicating that the injury could sideline him for at least two weeks.

However, head coach Shane Steichen confirmed that Taylor would not be placed on the injured reserve list, signaling optimism for a quicker recovery. With a minimum stint of four weeks on the IR, the Colts expect Taylor to return to action in a couple of weeks.

Taylor, who had sought a contract extension in the offseason, had missed the beginning of the season recovering from an ankle injury. He has rushed for 414 yards with four touchdowns this season and also made 16 catches for 137 yards and one touchdown reception.

In Taylor’s absence, running back Zack Moss is expected to step up. Moss has been productive earlier in the season as the starter, accumulating 672 rushing yards with five touchdowns and 18 receptions and one receiving touchdown. Despite the talented depth at the position, the Colts will miss the playmaking ability of Taylor, who won the NFL’s rushing title in 2021.

The Colts are currently in the midst of a competitive push for a playoff spot, holding the final postseason berth as an AFC wild-card team. They have a 7-4 record against the point spread and are facing the Tennessee Titans as -1 favorites in Week 13.

While the odds predict a 42% chance for the Colts to make the playoffs, their chances of winning the division are slim at 1%. Nevertheless, with a talented roster and a fighting spirit, the Colts remain determined to overcome the adversity and secure a spot in the postseason.

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