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Jonathan Taylor officially OUT for Week 9 vs. Patriots

We break down the news that Jonathan Taylor has an ankle injury and what it means for Week 9 and beyond.

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Friday PM update: Taylor, as expected, has been ruled out for Week 9.

Friday update: Taylor wasn’t spotted at practice on Friday, per James Boyd. There is a chance he’s still questionable for this week, but it seems unlikely. Deon Jackson is the back to roster.

Thursday update: Taylor was not spotted at practice on Thursday, per James Boyd. This seems to be a situation where the team would rest Taylor to try to get him truly healthy instead of him playing through the injury and continuously aggravating it. We’ll see if he practice tomorrow, but Deon Jackson could end up being the starting back this week.

Wednesday update: Jonathan Taylor won’t practice on Wednesday, per Frank Reich. With Tuesday trade of Nyheim Hines, Deon Jackson appears to be the main backup.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich confirmed on Monday that running back Jonathan Taylor re-aggravated his right ankle during Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Washington Commanders. The head coach said that the All-Pro twisted it during the first quarter and team doctors will evaluate the injury later this afternoon.

Taylor has been dealing with this injury to his right ankle throughout the first half of the regular season, missing two games as a result. He has taken a step back from his breakout 2021 campaign a season ago, taking 107 carries for 462 yards and one touchdown through six games. The Colts have dropped two straight contests and can ill afford to lose their star offensive weapon.

Fantasy football implications for Week 9

Fantasy managers who drafted Taylor should monitor his status throughout the week, particularly how much he practices on Thursday and Friday. As always, backup Nyheim Hines will be on standby should Taylor not be able to go against the New England Patriots this Sunday.