The Indianapolis Colts continue to shuffle their backfield while their star running back Jonathan Taylor remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The Colts announced on Saturday that they are waiving back Deon Jackson while signing Trey Sermon to the active roster from the practice squad.
With Taylor out, the Colts entered the Week 1 with Jackson as their starter. However, the third-year back delivered a disappointing performance that saw him rush for only 14 yards on 13 carries in a 31-21 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This prompted Indianapolis to turn to veteran Zack Moss for a Week 2 clash against the Houston Texans.
Moss is expected to continue serving as the Colts starter in the backfield, having rushed for 88 yards and one touchdown in a 31-20 win over the Texans. Sermon, who has 186 rushing yards and one rushing TD in his two years in the NFL, will likely be there to provide depth until the situation with Taylor gets resolved.
After failing to get a contract extension from the Colts in the offseason, Jonathan Taylor asked the team to trade him. Although they have initially refused the idea, the team is now reportedly more open to giving the Pro Bowler what he wants, but interested teams remain reluctant to meet their asking price, which is reportedly a first-round pick.