Colts Running Back Jonathan Taylor Undergoes Thumb Surgery, Injury Update Given

Indianapolis Colts Running Back Jonathan Taylor Sidelined with Thumb Injury

Indianapolis Colts starting running back Jonathan Taylor sustained a right thumb injury in Week 12 during a victory against the Tampa Bay Bucs. Taylor jammed his thumb in the first half, but despite the injury, he played the entire second half and contributed to the win. However, an MRI on Monday revealed ligament damage in his right hand, prompting the need for surgery. The team owner, Jim Irsay, expressed concerns about Taylor’s ability to grip the ball and hand strength and indicated that Taylor could be out for at least two weeks. Head coach Shane Steichen confirmed that Taylor would miss multiple weeks but would not be placed on the injured reserve list, as the minimum stint for that is four weeks.

Taylor, who had sought a contract extension in the offseason, was eventually signed to a three-year extension worth $42 million. He missed the beginning of the season due to an ankle injury but has since made a significant impact on the Colts’ performance.

In Taylor’s absence, running back Zack Moss will step up to fill the void. Moss has had a successful season as the starter, with 672 yards and five touchdowns. The Colts also have former Ohio State running back Trevor Sermon on the roster, as well as rookie running back Evan Hull, who is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The injury comes at a critical time for the Colts, who are currently in a tight race for a playoff spot. With a 6-5 record, they are still in contention for an AFC Wild Card berth. Despite playing with a backup quarterback for most of the season, the Colts have managed to maintain a solid standing in the playoff race.

In terms of betting odds, the Colts are currently favorites against the Tennessee Titans in their upcoming game. However, their overall odds to make the playoffs and win the division are not as favorable. Bookmakers predict a 42% chance for the Colts to make the playoffs but only give them a 1% chance of winning their division. The uphill battle continues for the Colts, especially with the Jacksonville Jaguars leading the AFC South. The Colts currently have +5000 odds to win the AFC Championship and +12000 odds to win Super Bowl LVIII.