“Jonathan Taylor’s Trade Request Causes Tension with Indianapolis Colts”

By | August 14, 2023

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Jonathan Taylor, star running back for the Indianapolis Colts, is expected to rejoin the team at training camp despite his desire to be traded. Taylor has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list due to ankle surgery, but left the team facilities last week to continue rehab out of state. The feud between Taylor and the Colts’ management continues, as team owner Jim Irsay has refused to honor Taylor’s trade requests. In Taylor’s absence, the Colts have relied on backup running backs. CBSSports.com reported

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Star running back Jonathan Taylor has expressed his desire to sever ties with the Indianapolis Colts. Despite this, coach Shane Steichen has confirmed that Taylor is expected to rejoin the team during training camp in the near future, according to ESPN. However, Taylor is actively seeking a trade to another team.
Steichen stated, “He should be back this week. I don’t have the exact date, but he should be back.”
Initially, Taylor reported to training camp but did not participate in any activities due to his placement on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, as he was recovering from ankle surgery. Last week, Taylor left the team facilities to continue his rehabilitation out of state, as reported by Stephen Holder. This decision was motivated by concerns over the Colts’ medical management.
Before the start of training camp, the Colts requested that Taylor arrive early for a medical assessment. However, the former All-Pro running back viewed this request with suspicion, considering it to be an attempt to pressure him into returning to the field. When Taylor did report, he allegedly complained of back and hamstring pain, which further heightened the Colts’ concerns. However, Taylor has publicly disputed these allegations.

Currently, Taylor remains on the PUP list and intends to resume practicing once he is fully recovered, as confirmed by Holder. Nevertheless, his ongoing clash with the Colts’ management shows no signs of resolution. Team owner Jim Irsay, who has downplayed Taylor’s value and led the club’s refusal to negotiate a long-term contract with him, has also indicated that he will not honor Taylor’s private requests for a trade.
Following ESPN’s report on Taylor’s expected return to training camp, Irsay took to Twitter with a potentially related message: “Most things I worry about… never happen anyway.”

In the absence of Taylor and with backup Zack Moss nursing an injury, the Colts have relied on Deon Jackson, Evan Hull, Jake Funk, and recent veteran addition Kenyan Drake in the backfield.

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