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Colts place Jonathan Taylor on COVID-19/reserve list ahead of crucial game against Titans

Chris Cwik
·1-min read

The Indianapolis Colts will be without promising rookie running back Jonathan Taylor for a crucial game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The team placed Taylor on the COVID-19/reserve list Saturday, making him ineligible for Sunday’s contest.

Taylor has rushed for 518 yards and 4 touchdowns in 10 games this season.

Taylor reportedly did not test positive for the coronavirus, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Someone close to Taylor reportedly tested positive, forcing Taylor to go into quarantine. NFL protocols dictate Taylor can not play in Week 12.

Colts and Titans playing for control of AFC South

Without Taylor, the Colts will have a find another way to topple the Titans. Indianapolis will likely rely on a combination of Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins with Taylor ruled out. Hines combined for 115 total yards and 2 touchdowns against the Titans in Week 10, and Wilkins rushed for 89 yards and a score against the Detroit Lions in Week 8.

With a win, the Colts could put themselves in a commanding position in the division race. Both teams are 7-3 and Indianapolis has already beaten the Titans once this season, winning 34-17 in Week 10. Another victory would give the Colts a one-game lead in the standings that’s really a two-game lead thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker.

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