NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Colts are retaining RB Marlon Mack on a 1-year, $2 million contract. Fantasy owners everywhere wanted Mack to be leaving in free agency, but it makes sense for Indy to keep a reserve RB they trust at low cost. Mack, of course, is coming off the Achilles' tendon tear that ended his 2020 season in Week 1. If he's all the way back, his presence will threaten the rushing workload of Jonathan Taylor and add risk to Taylor as a Round 1 fantasy pick (while Nyheim Hines challenges in targets). We'll probably have to wait until the summer to see whether Mack is back to full strength, though.
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor has been activated from the COVID list. Taylor's girlfriend tested positive for the virus, but it looks like he avoided it. The rookie will be back for Sunday's plus matchup vs. Houston's 31st-ranked RB defense.
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor is in quarantine after learning Friday that his girlfriend tested positive for COVID-19. That will keep him out for Sunday's game against the Titans, according to NFL protocol. It's just the latest unfortunate turn in a bumpy rookie season for Taylor. His absence leave more backfield snaps and touches for Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins in an upside matchup for the offense overall.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says "don't be surprised" if RB Nyheim Hines gets the "bulk" of the Colts' carries against the Packers today. Hines is coming off a breakout game last week -- and it sounds like the Colts want to ride the hot hand. This still figures to be a fluid situation with RBs Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins in the mix, but Hines looks like the best fantasy play among the 3.
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor (ankle) isn't listed on the final Week 9 injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. The ankle isn't a concern, but Taylor is a shaky fantasy play after getting out-carried and out-produced by RB Jordan Wilkins last week. A matchup with a tough Ravens run defense doesn't help either.
Colts RBs Jonathan Taylor (ankle) and Jordan Wilkins (groin) put in full practices on Thursday. So it doesn't look like health will impact the distribution of touches in this backfield this weekend. We're guessing Taylor will get the start vs. the Ravens, but he figures to be on a short leash.
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The fact that he was out there at all suggests he should be available for Sunday's game against the Ravens. But Taylor will be tough to trust in fantasy lineups after last week's dud in a prime spot vs. Detroit.
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor is dealing with "a little bit of an ankle injury," HC Frank Reich said Monday. This is the injury QB Philip Rivers alluded to in his post-game interview yesterday. Taylor mustered just 22 yards on 11 carries against a bad Lions run defense in Week 8, getting out-snapped and out-produced by RB Jordan Wilkins. We'll keep an eye on the rookie's health this week and see what we hear about Indianapolis' backfield plans.
Colts QB Philip Rivers said after Sunday's win over the Lions that RB Jonathan Taylor got "a little nicked up." The team never announced an injury -- but this might help explain why Jordan Wilkins ended up leading Indy's backfield in snaps and carries. We'll keep an eye on Taylor's status this week.
Colts RB Jordan Wilkins (calf) is questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bengals. He was limited on Wednesday but sidelined on Thursday and Friday. Wilkins carried 9 times in Weeks 2, 3 and 4 before toting it just once last Sunday. His absence would be a small boost to RB Jonathan Taylor.
The Colts had 1 player and 3 staff members originally test positive for COVID, but all 4 have come back as false positives, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. So the Bengals-Colts game is on for Sunday. We'll let you know if that changes.