INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts announced Saturday that they will be without running backs Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines for Sunday’s main AFC South fight against Jacksonville.
Taylor, last year’s NFL rushing champion, will miss his second straight game with an injured ankle. He had only missed one game in his first two seasons, this one because he was considered a close contact during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hines entered concussion protocol since he staggered off the field early in last Thursday’s win in Denver.
Deon Jackson and Phillip Lindsay carried the workload against the Broncos and will likely do it again after Indy (2-2-1) promoted Lindsay from practice to the active roster on Saturday.
“What we are looking for is consistency in performance. We believe Deon can provide that when needed,” coach Frank Reich said Friday before decisions were made about Taylor and Hines. “We feel like Deon (vs Denver) made a big step. I don’t think he surprised us. I think we felt like he had that in him.”
Reich also announced Friday that three-time All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard would be sitting out after undergoing surgery on his broken nose. Leonard made his season debut against Tennessee two weeks ago but crashed into teammate Zaire Franklin’s face mask, also causing a concussion.
Indy has lost four of six games to the Jaguars (2-3), including a 24-0 loss in Week 2. The Colts are a half-game behind Tennessee (3-2) in the Division Race but are 2-0: 1 against AFC South opponents.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34800459/colts-rbs-jonathan-taylor-nyheim-hines-vs-jaguars Colts RBs Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines out vs. Jaguars