Jonathan Taylor is thriving as the Indianapolis Colts’ lead actor.

The second-year running back embraces the heavy workload, enjoys working with his supporting cast and doesn’t worry about how many times he’s asked to deliver. He just wants to succeed.

So four days after a physically draining game Taylor will step onto Thursday night’s stage and hopes to show the football world what he can do against the New York Jets.

“I’m excited because I love playing at home and Lucas Oil Stadium is going to be rocking for a prime-time game at home,” he said. “That’s going to be exciting — really, really exciting.”

Team owner Jim Irsay and Taylor’s teammates think it’s an appearance that is long overdue. Indy last hosted a prime-time game on Dec. 14, 2017, a span of more than 1,400 days.

Only two of Thursday’s projected starters were around for that game: tight end Jack Doyle and cornerback Kenny Moore II. Punter Rigoberto Sanchez, long snapper Luke Rhodes and receiver T.Y. Hilton also played in that game, but Hilton will sit out this one because of a concussion.

For most of the other Colts players, including Taylor, this will be a new experience.

“We’re in the market we’re in,” said linebacker Darius Leonard, a two-time All-Pro in his first three seasons. “Sometimes you’ve got to bite the bullet and play prime-time games like we did in Baltimore or San Francisco. Hopefully you win those games, get some respect and maybe you’ll get it back.”

The Jets haven’t been big prime-time players lately, but have a chance to rewrite the script after pulling surprise October wins over Tennessee and Cincinnati.


Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was driving at 156 mph with a blood-alcohol content twice Nevada’s legal limit before his sports car slammed into the rear of a vehicle that burned, killing a 23-year-old woman, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The Raiders released Ruggs late Tuesday, just hours after the crash and shortly after he was released from a hospital and booked into a Las Vegas jail.

The 22-year-old former first-round NFL draft pick remained seated in a wheelchair with a foam brace on his neck and jail guards at his elbows during his initial court appearance Wednesday on pending felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving.

The extent of his injuries was not disclosed, although Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said outside court that he believed Ruggs suffered a leg injury.

Ruggs’ girlfriend, identified by police as Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, 22, of Las Vegas, was with him in the car and injured in the crash. She underwent surgery Tuesday for a severe arm injury, authorities said.

Tina O. Tintor, of Las Vegas, died with her dog in a wrecked and burned Toyota Rav4, police and the Clark County coroner said. Records show she lived several blocks from where the crash occurred.

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