The Colts have always used Robert Turbin in a limited role, but it's one that includes working at the goal line. That's about as good of a gig Turbin will get with Indianapolis, but it's not promised. After missing most of 2017 with a left arm injury, it's unlikely he will help Fantasy owners out. Keep him off of rosters.
Turbin will be joined in the Indianapolis backfield by fourth-round selection Nyheim Hines and fifth-round pick Jordan Wilkins, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 Indy reports. This is actually a decent outcome for Turbin, with the addition of two running backs negated by the spot where they were drafted. The Colts somewhat surprisingly decided to pass on the high-end options in a strong running back class, displaying at least some degree of confidence in Marlon Mack and Turbin. While Mack figures to enter training camp as the favorite for the lead job, Turbin has a shot to earn a role as a short-yardage runner and special teams contributor, with his solid reputation as a blocker potentially also giving him a chance at some playing time on passing downs. However, he could land on the wrong side of the roster bubble if Hines and Wilkins both appear ready to contribute from the get-go.
Turbin, who was placed on injured reserve Oct. 20, said he's fully recovered from a dislocated left elbow, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports. Turbin looks like he'll be in store for a normal offseason, but despite his good health, he won't be able to play in any of the Colts' final four games or practices during that stretch after the team already exhausted both of its designated-to-return-from-IR spots. The running back will enter the second year of his two-year contract with the Colts in 2018.
Turbin (dislocated elbow) is expected to be placed on IR by the Colts, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. With Turbin out of the mix, look for Marlon Mack to see added touches while working in tandem with veteran starter Frank Gore. Meanwhile, Matt Jones is candidate to move from the inactive list to a reserve role, beginning Sunday against the Jaguars.
According to head coach Chuck Pagano, Turbin (arm) is expected to miss the remainder of the season, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Turbin suffered a brutal arm injury in Monday night's loss to the Titans. While the specifics of the injury have yet to be announced, it is clear that the 27-year-old will miss significant time. The Colts have relied on Frank Gore and Marlon Mack in the backfield for the most part this season, but they may now work Matt Jones and Christine Michael into the fold given Turbin's absence.
Turbin had four carries for six yards and two receptions for 13 yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over the 49ers. Turbin played more snaps on offense than Marlon Mack (21 to 17), but Mack had nine carries for 91 yards rushing. Turbin may keep a goal-line role, but it looks like Mack would become the primary ball carrier if Frank Gore were to get hurt.
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