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Colts RB Jonathan Taylor returns in Week 18 vs. Texans after suffering ankle injury

Colts RB Jonathan Taylor suffered an injury in Week 18. Here are the latest updates and fantasy football impact.

Houston Texans v Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 06, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Update: It’s officially an ankle injury for Taylor, but the more important development is that he’s back on the field for the Colts. Indianapolis is down six with a little over five minutes left in the fourth quarter, but now has its best player back in the lineup for this pivotal drive.

Update: Taylor has been downgraded to doubtful, so the Colts are going to have to finish this game without him.

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor went to the locker room at the end of the third quarter in Week 18 against the Houston Texans to get looked at for an injury. Taylor appeared to be limping on his way to the locker room, but was able to get to the tunnel without any assistance. It turns out Taylor is dealing with a heel injury, and his return to the game is questionable.

This is obviously a huge injury for the Colts, who are fighting for a playoff spot in this game. They can only get into the postseason with a win, and having Taylor on the field for the fourth quarter will go a long way towards helping that cause. The running back has been tremendous in this game, racking up 165 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

If Taylor is unable to come back to the game, look for Zack Moss to get a bulk of the carries for Indianapolis. Moss has plenty of experience as the starter this season, filling in for the Colts when Taylor was unavailable. Look for Indianapolis to also throw the ball a bit more, specifically to Michael Pittman Jr. The receiver has five catches for 44 yards.

The Colts are tied with the Texans at 17-17 early in the fourth quarter. The winner clinches a playoff berth and could even clinch the AFC South title if the Jaguars lose to the Titans Sunday.