Colts don’t trade Jonathan Taylor, place him on PUP list in latest twist

Colts don’t trade Jonathan Taylor, place him on PUP list in latest twist
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Jonathan Taylor’s hopes of getting out of Indianapolis were dashed on Tuesday as the Colts’ running back was not traded and remained on the physically unable to perform list.

A source told ESPN that Indianapolis never received an offer that they felt was “a fair-value offer,” before the team’s self-imposed deadline of Tuesday approached.

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A trade could come up again before the actual NFL trade deadline on Halloween.

But if nothing happens, then the team could utilize the franchise tag on Taylor and give it a go at trading him next offseason.

Taylor was given permission last week to explore trade options while placing a deadline of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, which corresponded with the deadline for teams to cut down their rosters to 53. 

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The Colts also needed to make a determination of whether or not they would be keeping Taylor on the PUP list or not.


Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor was put on the PUP list and not traded.
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He has not practiced or played since camp opened as he continues rehabbing from offseason ankle surgery. 

With Taylor going on the PUP list, he now has to miss at least the first four games of the season.

The Colts are scheduled to host the Jaguars in the season opener on Sept. 10.

As the Colts brought their roster down to 53, they have Evan Hull, Deon Jackson and Zack Moss as running backs without Taylor in the fold.

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Jonathan Taylor
Taylor will miss at least the first four games of the season.
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Taylor initially wanted to remain with the Colts and had hoped they would offer him a contract extension before the start of the final year of his rookie contract.

However, it became evident that the Colts had no interest in doing so.

Eventually, Taylor requested a trade, which Colts owner Jim Irsay had initially said he would not honor, telling ESPN that it was a “certainty” that they would not trade Taylor “now or not in October.”

That stance seemed to soften after Taylor stepped away from the team twice during camp as the situation dragged on.

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