Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Phillip Lindsay (30) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colts elevate RBs Phillip Lindsay, Jordan Wilkins

With Jonathan Taylor sidelined for Sunday’s game at New England, the Indianapolis Colts elevated running backs Phillip Lindsay and Jordan Wilkins from the practice squad on Saturday.

Lindsay and Wilkins join presumed starter Deon Jackson and newly acquired Zack Moss on the active roster in a new-look backfield for the Colts (3-4-1) against the Patriots (4-4).

Taylor, the 2021 NFL rushing champion, was ruled out Friday with a nagging ankle injury that kept him out of two games earlier this season. He leads the team with 462 yards and a touchdown on 107 carries.

Jackson rushed 25 times for 104 yards and a touchdown in the two games in which Taylor didn’t play. He has five carries for minus-4 yards in the other three games in which he has appeared.

Moss was acquired from Buffalo on Tuesday in a trade that sent fellow running back Nyheim Hines to the Bills. He ran 17 times for 91 yards and caught seven passes for 27 yards in five games this season with Buffalo.

Lindsay has played in two games for the Colts in 2022, rushing for 47 yards and adding six receptions for 19 yards.

Wilkins was signed to the practice squad Wednesday. He played in 49 games (four starts) with Indianapolis from 2018-21, gaining 1,184 yards from scrimmage with four touchdowns.

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Marcus Brady was hired as offensive coordinator in 2021. (File Photo Indianapolis Colts Rookie Minicamp On Friday May 11 2018

Colts fire offensive coordinator Marcus Brady

Offensive coordinator Marcus Brady was fired by the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday in the aftermath of a quarterback change and second consecutive loss.

Brady, in his fifth season as an assistant with the Colts, was named offensive coordinator in 2021.

Indianapolis has 26 total points the past two games, resulting in losses to the Tennessee Titans (19-10) and Washington Commanders (17-16).

“This was an incredibly hard decision, but one I felt needed to be made in the best interest of the team,” head coach Frank Reich said in a statement. “I appreciate Marcus’s commitment to the organization, and he made a significant contribution to our offensive success over the last five seasons. I wish him the best moving forward.”

The Colts (3-4-1) are on the road the next two games — at New England and Las Vegas — before hosting the Philadelphia Eagles (7-0), but there could be much to address for Reich.

Colts owner Jim Irsay met with Reich and general manager Chris Ballard after the team flight home from Nashville two weeks ago looking for stability in the offense.

But the one constant for the Colts in recent seasons has been change at quarterback.

The revolving door shuffled Matt Ryan to the bench the day after Reich’s meeting with Irsay. Ryan, acquired via trade from the Atlanta Falcons, replaced Carson Wentz (dealt to Washington), who was a one-year stopgap upon the retirement of Philip Rivers. Rivers lasted one season (2020) and pushed 2019 starter Jacoby Brissett to the bench.

Andrew Luck had 39 touchdowns and 10 wins in 2018 before his unexpected retirement the following summer.

With Ryan benched, Indianapolis turned to Sam Ehlinger at quarterback in Week 8. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards but the Colts dropped to 30th in the NFL in points (16.1 per game) and lost more ground in the AFC South division to the Titans (5-2).

A running game expected to be one of the NFL’s best spun its tires and now rates 29th in the NFL at 87.8 yards per game and 3.71 yards per carry. Touted MVP candidate Jonathan Taylor has fumbled twice and scored only one rushing touchdown, which came in the regular-season opener at Houston, in six games.

Brady, 43, had been a part of the QB churn since was hired by the Colts in 2018 as assistant quarterbacks coach. He was the team’s quarterbacks coach from 2019-20 before being promoted to offensive coordinator.

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Oct 2, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard (31) works to bring down Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jenna Watson/IndyStar-USA TODAY NETWORK

Colts RBs Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines out vs. Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts running backs Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines have been downgraded from questionable to out for Sunday’s game against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars.

Deon Jackson is in line to handle the bulk of the rushing duties for the Colts (2-2-1) on Sunday against the Jaguars (2-3). Jackson, 23, rushed 13 times for 62 yards in Indianapolis’ 12-9 overtime win over the Denver Broncos on Oct. 6.

Also on Saturday, the Colts elevated running backs Phillip Lindsay and D’Vonte Price to the active roster from the practice squad. They also signed wide receiver Keke Coutee to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and waived tackle Luke Tenuta.

Taylor did not play in the Week 5 victory against the Broncos due to an ankle injury that also kept him out of practice on Wednesday. He was limited in both Thursday’s and Friday’s sessions.

The 2021 NFL rushing champion sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of the Colts’ Week 4 loss against the Tennessee Titans.

Taylor, 23, has rushed for 328 yards and a touchdown and has nine catches for 44 yards in four games this season. He was held to 54 yards in the first meeting with the Jaguars, a 24-0 loss in Jacksonville in Week 2.

Hines was limited in practice on Wednesday before putting forth full participation in Thursday’s and Friday’s sessions. He is working his way back from a concussion he sustained on the third offensive play of the game versus the Broncos.

On Friday, the Colts ruled out linebacker Shaquille Leonard (concussion, nose, back) and defensive end Kwity Paye (ankle) for Sunday’s rematch with the Jaguars.

Lindsay, 28, has 11 carries for 40 yards and three catches for 14 yards in one game this season.

Price, 23, has yet to play in an NFL game after going undrafted out of Florida International.

Coutee, 25, had one catch for 5 yards in two games this season.

Tenuta, 23, was claimed by the Colts on Aug. 31, one day after he was released by the Buffalo Bills. He has yet to play in an NFL game.

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Oct 2, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones (ankle) on track to play vs. Packers in London

The New York Giants believe quarterback Daniel Jones is on track to play in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers in London.

Jones sprained his ankle during last Sunday’s 20-12 win over the Chicago Bears. He had to come back into the game after backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion.

Jones was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day. Reports said he looked “comfortable” while running during the open-media portion of Thursday’s practice.

“He was running around and doing everything that we are asking him to do from a practice standpoint,” offensive coordinator Mike Kafka told reporters.

Coach Brian Daboll said Jones was “no worse” Thursday after the Giants increased his number of reps.

Taylor is not expected to clear concussion protocol in time for Sunday’s game. If Jones can’t play, it would leave practice squad quarterback Davis Webb to make his first career start.

Wide receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) went from a limited practice participant on Wednesday to a non-participant Thursday. Receiver Richie James (ankle) and safety Julian Love (concussion, non-contact) were upgraded to limited participants Thursday after missing Wednesday.

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Sep 18, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) runs off the field after the Indianapolis Colts are defeated by the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Colts rule out RB Jonathan Taylor (ankle) vs. Broncos

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor will miss Thursday night’s game at Denver with an ankle injury.

The Colts (1-2-1) also ruled out linebacker Shaquille Leonard, safety Julian Blackmon and defensive end Tyquan Lewis for the Week 5 game against the Broncos (2-2).

On Tuesday, Colts head coach Frank Reich and Taylor both said they were hopeful that the injury wasn’t severe enough to keep him out. “But if you can’t go, you can’t go,” Taylor said.

Taylor, the 2021 NFL rushing champion, sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-17 loss against the Tennessee Titans.

Taylor, 23, has rushed for 328 yards and a touchdown and has nine catches for 44 yards in four games this season.

Nyheim Hines is expected to take over in the backfield against Denver, with Deon Jackson also in the mix. Hines has gained only 11 yards on eight carries in four games this season.

Leonard broke his nose and sustained a concussion in his season debut against the Titans. He was also listed with a back injury on Wednesday’s report. Blackmon has an ankle injury and Lewis is also dealing with a concussion.

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Sep 18, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) runs off the field after the Indianapolis Colts are defeated by the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Colts RB Jonathan Taylor’s missed practice ends streak

When Jonathan Taylor missed practice Wednesday with a toe injury, it ended an incredible “iron man” streak for the Indianapolis Colts running back.

Taylor had never missed a practice in his football career — not at New Jersey’s Salem High School, not in three seasons at Wisconsin and not since joining the NFL in 2020, according to ESPN.

He was held out of Wednesday for precautionary reasons but is expected to be ready for the Colts’ Week 4 game on Sunday against the visiting Tennessee Titans.

Taylor, 23, experienced some soreness after rushing for 71 yards on 21 carries in last week’s win over Kansas City. He ranks fourth in the NFL with 286 yards through three weeks. He also has eight catches for 43 yards.

Taylor led the NFL in rushing last season with a franchise-record 1,811 yards.

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New York Jets defensive end Micheal Clemons (72) sacks New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) in the first half of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, August 28, 2022. Taylor was slow to get up and left the field soon after.

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Giants QB Tyrod Taylor leaves game vs. Jets with back injury

New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor sustained a back injury and left the team’s preseason finale against the New York Jets.

The Giants later ruled Taylor out for the remainder of the game.

Taylor was hit as he threw a complete pass to tight end Daniel Bellinger during the first quarter. After struggling to get up, he eventually jogged off under his own power, but he rode a cart to the locker room after being evaluated under the medical tent.

Taylor is the second-string quarterback on New York’s depth chart behind Daniel Jones. He started the preseason finale and completed 2 of 4 passes for 29 yards with one interception before exiting.

The journeyman joined the Giants, his sixth NFL team, on a two-year, $11 million deal this offseason. A Pro Bowler for the Buffalo Bills in 2015, Taylor has thrown for 10,736 yards, 59 touchdowns and 25 picks in 78 career games (53 starts) since 2011.

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Jul 27, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) and New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) chat during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Giants consider first-team reps for QB Tyrod Taylor

Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor is in line for first-team reps with the New York Giants, but Daniel Jones remains the clear starter.

Head coach Brian Daboll said he could shift some of the starter reps before the 2022 season begins on Sept. 11.

Taylor went 13-of-21 passing for 129 yards and threw a touchdown pass in the second quarter of the preseason opener against the New England Patriots. He tagged in for Jones, who was 6 for 10 for 69 yards in the first quarter.

“As we get going here in terms of preseason games, we’ll talk about whatever we think is best,” Daboll said. “But I have full confidence in Daniel. And I have full confidence in Tyrod in what his role is. Each day we sit there and evaluate the guys, but will he get a few reps here or there? He might.”

The 33-year-old Taylor could be called upon this season given Jones’ history of injuries. He has missed time each of his three seasons and ended 2021 on injured reserve with a neck injury. The Giants declined the fifth-year option on the 25-year-old Jones’ contract.

Daboll emphasized the split of practice reps isn’t an indication of his depth chart at the position.

“Absolutely not. I learned from a pretty good coach a while ago,” Daboll said. “Usually, he doesn’t tell those guys when he throws them in, because that is what the backup job’s role is. You have to go in in a split second and prepare as if you’re the starter. Fourth play of the game something happens, you’re in and you have to be ready to go. I don’t think we’ll necessarily tell those guys when it will happen.”

The Giants are Taylor’s sixth team in 12 seasons. He started six games for the Texans last season, one for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020, three for the Cleveland Browns in 2018 and 43 in three seasons for the Buffalo Bills from 2015-17.

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Oct 24, 2021; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) talks with head coach Zac Taylor during an official review in the third quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.  Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Burrow, Zac Taylor focused on present, not Bengals’ past

Quarterback Joe Burrow and coach Zac Taylor guided the Cincinnati Bengals to their best season in more than 30 years to reach Super Bowl LVI.

Along the way, the franchise had to snap the NFL’s longest active drought without a playoff win, one that dated to the 1990 season. There is still one more hurdle to overcome: The Bengals are 0-2 in Super Bowls entering Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

But turning those fortunes around did not become a rallying cry inside Cincinnati’s locker room this season. Asked several questions about that team history Monday, Burrow and Taylor said the Bengals have always been focused on the here and now.

“Honestly, we’ve never even spoken about the playoff drought once this whole season,” Burrow said. “We have a really young team that doesn’t even understand the historical significance of what we’re doing. We’re just out there playing football, and getting better while we’re doing it.”

“It’s important to embrace all that (history) and understand all that, but this is the 2021 Cincinnati Bengals. They weren’t a part of all that yet,” Taylor added. “And so they’re very much focused, they have a very narrow focus on week to week, playing their best and winning these playoff games to put us in this position.

“I think those are things that they can reflect back on after the season when all the work is said and done, of just how memorable and just how special that is to not only this team and this organization but the city as a whole.”

That isn’t to say Burrow and Taylor are ignorant of the Bengals’ past. Burrow, of course, grew up in Southeast Ohio, where he said NFL allegiances were usually split between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, with a sprinkling of Bengals fans around as well that “kind of got made fun of a little bit.” (Burrow rooted for the Saints because he admired Drew Brees.)

Now Burrow has the chance to deliver a team from his home state its first Lombardi Trophy.

“Being from Ohio and being the quarterback of the Bengals is something I’m really proud of,” Burrow said.

Cincinnati last played in the big game in Super Bowl XXIII, when Joe Montana’s San Francisco 49ers engineered a game-winning touchdown drive to beat Boomer Esiason’s Bengals 20-16. Not only was Burrow not yet born at that point, but Taylor himself was just 5 years old.

The 38-year-old Taylor embodies a quality that he said is prevalent through his team: young (average age: 25.6 years), but mature.

“Nobody even really realizes how young Zac is,” Burrow said. “He does a great job of commanding the room and I would say the only time you notice it is when he’s relating to the players. He does a great job of doing that, like you expect he would.”

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Dec 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) looks up after a play during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans won’t name starting QB for Week 14

Houston Texans coach David Culley on Monday held off on naming a starting quarterback for Week 14 after benching Tyrod Taylor during Sunday’s shutout loss.

Taylor injured his wrist in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday but could have returned, Culley said. He was replaced by Davis Mills. Taylor is having an MRI on Monday.

The Texans (2-10) play the Seattle Seahawks this week.

“Team study and just what gives us the best chance to win moving forward with the team we’re playing and how we’ve been offensively and what we feel like after we’ve sat down today and tomorrow and see exactly what we need to do and where we need to go, we’ll make that decision,” Culley said Monday.

Culley said Sunday that the team will “evaluate everything” after getting shut out by the Colts 31-0.

Taylor was 5-of-13 passing for 45 yards and Mills went 6-of-14 for 49 yards against the Colts.

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