Indianapolis efforts to secure a substantial offer for their star running back, Jonathan Taylor, have yielded no success, setting the stage for an intriguing season ahead for both the team and the player.
The Colts have opted to place Taylor on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, signaling that a trade involving the talented running back is not on the immediate horizon. This decision was reported by NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, citing sources. Subsequently, the team officially confirmed Taylor’s placement on the PUP list.
As a result of starting the season on the PUP list, Taylor will be sidelined for at least the initial four games of the 2023 season.
Eight days ago, Indianapolis granted Taylor permission to explore a trade, a significant departure from their initial stance when they declined trade inquiries from the running back, who had requested a trade in July. Despite an increase in communication on this matter, the Colts failed to receive an enticing offer for Taylor. With the cutdown deadline looming at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the team decided to retain Taylor on the PUP list instead of using a roster spot.
Taylor’s trade request initially surfaced after a meeting with Colts owner Jim Irsay. Throughout the preseason, Taylor remained on the PUP list following offseason ankle surgery. His participation with the team during training camp was marked by occasional absences, and he was briefly excused due to a personal matter. Last week, Taylor was observed in casual attire during the Colts’ joint practices with the Eagles on the same day that the team granted him permission to seek a trade.
Despite the fluctuations in Taylor’s presence at the team facility and the Colts’ wavering stance on a potential trade, there has been little substantial progress
regarding Taylor’s status with the club. Tuesday’s announcement solidifies his unavailability to head coach Shane Steichen for the opening month of the season.
The future remains uncertain, leaving open the possibility of reconciliation between the two parties in 2023 or the eventual dissolution of their association.”