Jonathan Taylor Injury

To this point, injuries have been the story of the 2022 NFL season. This trend continued in Week 4. There were a handful of Fantasy-relevant players sidelined on Sunday, but Jonathan Taylor’s ankle injury stood out the most.

During the middle of the fourth quarter, Taylor departed the game when he lost the ball on a fourth-and-short carry. It’s unclear how serious his injury was, as the Colts only had one more drive after he left the game.

Colts head coach Frank Reich also declined to comment on the severity of the injury following the game. After the game, Reich told reporters that the player had suffered an ankle injury, but provided no other information. Although Taylor’s injury might not be too severe, the timing couldn’t be worse: the Colts play Week 5’s Thursday night game against the Broncos, giving him only three days to recover.

Since he had missed his first game as a rookie this could be the first of many injury-related absences he experiences in the NFL. Nyheim On Sunday, Hines was lazy. After Taylor got hurt, he got his only rush of the game, which went for 0 yards.

He also caught both of his targets for a total of three yards. Deon Jackson, an undrafted free agent, will likely see an increased role in the case Taylor has to miss time despite the bad performance on Sunday. However, Hines is certainly not a one-for-one substitute for Taylor.

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In the event that Taylor is unable to play, Hines is expected to take over as the starting running back for the Colts. Hines isn’t as good as a replacement for Taylor as an every-down back, but he does get more action in the passing game when Taylor is sidelined (Taylor missed one game and Hines had 10 targets, resulting in eight receptions).

Hines is just 75% rostered in but if Taylor is sidelined for Week 5, he should be an RB2 and should be added in any leagues where he is still available. Jackson will be a more desperate start, but he’s still worth acquiring in case Taylor’s injury is long-term and he gets an opportunity to lead the Colts in rushing. Even though he is now on the practice squad, Phillip Lindsay may also play a role in the team’s plans moving forward.

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