Update, Oct. 6 — Taylor has been listed as questionable, while head coach Shane Steicham said , “We’ll see” when asked if Taylor will play or not. Reports have him playing and he plays in an early game, so we should know for sure before fantasy football lineups need to be set.
Update, Oct. 6 — Taylor is expected to play on Sunday and make his season debut for the Colts.
Update, Oct. 5 PM — Taylor was listed as a full practice participant again on Thursday. If he makes it three straight on Friday, we could see his debut on Sunday against the Titans.
Colts Jonathan Taylor was a full participant at practice.— Dianna Russini (@DMRussini) October 5, 2023
Update, Oct. 5 — Taylor spoke to the media today and appears to be fully committed to playing the rest of the season. All systems appear to be go for Taylor and the Colts. He should be able to work well with QB Anthony Richardson, as teams will have to account for both of them as rushers, which will open up space. The Titans are a tough draw to start and Zack Moss has played well, so this first week isn’t a lock for fantasy football, but he should be able to regain his form and RB1 role moving forward.
#Colts RB Jonathan Taylor, in his first comments to reporters since his trade request, says, "If somebody wasn't committed, they wouldn't be here." He says his health was the main goal, and now he's healthy.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 5, 2023
Taylor also calls his contractual issues an offseason thing.
Update, Oct. 4 PM — Good news for Taylor as he was listed as a full practice participant on Wednesday. This suggests he could take the field this weekend, but you have to wonder how all of the off the field issues from the preseason could come into play.
The Indianapolis Colts had an interesting offseason with star running back Jonathan Taylor. He expressed displeasure with comments made by the team’s CEO Jim Irsay, regarding contracts for running backs. This led to Taylor requesting a trade which was ultimately denied and he landed on the reserve/PUP list for the first four weeks due to a back injury, which he disputed having.
As we head into Week 5 of the NFL season, the 21-day window for Taylor has been activated. He is expected to return to practice on Wednesday. The Colts have 21 days to officially add him to the active roster, and if they don’t he will be placed on season-ending IR.
#Colts HC Shane Steichen says Jonathan Taylor will attend the team's walkthrough today. He says he decided on a walkthrough instead of practice today because of back-to-back OT games.— James Boyd (@RomeovilleKid) October 4, 2023
Fantasy football implications for Week 5
If you took a shot on drafting Taylor, your wait may finally be over to put him in your lineup. Whenever he is activated, you likely have to roll the day and start him, purely from a talent perspective. Backup running back Zack Moss has been playing well, but he isn’t likely to eat into Taylor’s workload much if he is healthy. Moss remains startable until Taylor is active for a game. You can probably flex him in deeper leagues the first game Taylor is active, but after that he will probably just take up a bench spot.