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Colts Pro Bowler Quenton Nelson’s Positive COVID-19 Test Could Provide Another Signature MVP Moment for Jonathan Taylor (Or Derail His Chances)

Quenton Nelson might just be the fourth running back to win MVP in a season since 2009. There’s no doubt he will have an impact on the Colts offense. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t be at the expense of Jonathan Taylor as well

The “colts news” is a positive COVID-19 test provided by Colts Pro Bowler Quenton Nelson that could provide another signature MVP moment for Jonathan Taylor (Or Derail His Chances).

Before their Christmas clash against the Arizona Cardinals, the Indianapolis Colts got some concerning news. Quenton Nelson, a Pro Bowl offensive lineman, tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). He’s the Colts’ finest offensive lineman, and his absence might have a big impact on Jonathan Taylor’s pursuit for the NFL MVP, for better or worse.

Quenton Nelson has been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Indianapolis Colts.

Colts guard Quenton Nelson blocks for Jonathan Taylor and the Colts offense

Colts guard Quenton Nelson blocks for Jonathan Taylor and the Colts offense The Indianapolis Colts’ Quenton Nelson during a game against the Seattle Seahawks | Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts have put offensive lineman Quenton Nelson on the reserve/COVID-19 list, according to ESPN.

Nelson tested positive for coronavirus and will thus miss the team’s game against the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas Day. In September, the three-time All-Pro also tested positive, leading him to lose time.

Nelson had never been vaccinated before. He might miss a significant length of time if he is still unvaccinated. If that’s the case, the Notre Dame product will also miss the Raiders’ Week 17 matchup in Las Vegas. Unvaccinated athletes must be away from the squad for ten days after testing positive for coronavirus, according to league rules.

Indianapolis also placed right lineman Mark Glowinski, cornerback Rock Ya-Sin, and defensive end Kemoko Turay on the reserve/COVID-19 list, according to head coach Frank Reich.

Jonathan Taylor may have a difficult time against the Cardinals.

The Indianapolis Colts enter their Week 16 battle against the Arizona Cardinals with a lot of momentum. Coronavirus has infected their locker room, as it has many other NFL teams.

Indianapolis, on the other hand, will be without a number of important offensive line players. Quenton Nelson and Mark Glowinski are on the COVID-19 reserve list. Ryan Kelly, the team’s center, will also miss the game due to the loss of his young daughter.

The Colts will have an uphill struggle attempting to run the ball with three starting interior offensive lineman out. Jonathan Taylor, a Pro Bowler, has been on a tear recently, and the rubber will meet the road on Christmas.

Indianapolis has the NFL’s third-best offensive, but it is led by a strong rushing assault. For the Colts in 2021, Taylor has grown into a real workhorse back.

For the Colts to improve to 9-6 and move closer to the AFC playoffs, the former Wisconsin star will need another strong game. With so many moving elements, it won’t be simple.

Another outstanding performance would bolster the Indianapolis RB’s case for MVP.

Jonathan Taylor is a one-of-a-kind talent.

270 carries (1st), 1,518 running yards (1st), 1,854 scrimmage yards (1st), 17 rush touchdowns (1st), and 5.6 yards per carry (1st) (1st) @JayT23 pic.twitter.com/ohgO0poZnM *ranks among [email protected]

December 19, 2021 — NFL on CBS (@NFLonCBS)

Jonathan Taylor’s name must be included while discussing who deserves to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2021.

The second-year running back has been a force to be reckoned with. On 270 carries, he has 1,518 yards and 17 touchdowns. Taylor has the most running attempts, yards, and touchdowns in the league.

After a strong Week 15 performance against the New England Patriots, the Colts superstar’s MVP odds were significantly boosted. Bill Belichick’s top-two unit has been working all week to slow down Taylor. He did, however, rip New England for 170 yards and a score.

Taylor still has a chance to put up huge numbers against the Arizona Cardinals even without Quenton Nelson and the offensive line.

The Cardinals’ run defense is ranked 17th, putting them at a disadvantage against Indianapolis’ run-heavy attack.

Chris Reed, Matt Pryor, and Danny Pinter will surely have a lot of ground to make up on the first row. Jonathan Taylor, on the other hand, could be able to make up the deficit.

Taylor should’ve overtaken Tom Brady by now, but another strong performance against a worthy opponent might close the distance between him and Aaron Rodgers.

Pro Football Reference provided all stats.

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