The Colts activated Wilkins from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Wilkins missed Indianapolis' final two games of 2020 after being placed on list, but he's now eligible to return to the team facility. Over his 15 regular-season appearances in 2020, Wilkins logged 84 carries for 308 yards and a touchdown while also securing 12 of 16 targets for 105 yards.
Wilkins was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday and will be unavailable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. This development seemingly comes out of the blue, as the 26-year-old back was able to participate throughout the practice week with no restrictions. Wilkins will have a chance to make another appearance if the Colts reach the playoffs, but he'll have to clear league COVID-19 protocols before doing so. He closes out the regular season with 308 yards and a touchdown over 84 carries, plus a total of 12 receptions for 105 yards in 15 appearances. As a symbol of his reliability, Wilkins also went without a fumble for a second straight season.
Wilkins registered two solo tackles during Sunday's 28-24 loss to Pittsburgh. Wilkins received all of his work on special teams, registering 14 snaps in that department compared to zero on offense. The 26-year-old has by no means been relied upon as the workhorse this season for Indianapolis, but he has produced brief stretches of fantasy utility in 2020. Wilkins racked up 113 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 21 touches in Week 8 against Detroit. While he then proceeded to average 6.8 carries per game in the five outings that followed, Jonathan Taylor has now seized the No. 1 job, and Wilkins has gone back-to-back contests without taking a single offensive snap.
Wilkins didn't log a snap on offense in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Texans. Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines handled all of the backfield reps in Sunday's divisional win, and both running backs enjoyed plenty of success in the process. Wilkins has fallen out of favor as a result, as he didn't play a snap on offense for the first time this season.
Wilkins registered three yards on his lone carry and added a four-yard catch on two targets during Sunday's 44-27 win over the Raiders. When Jonathan Taylor suffered a minor ankle injury Week 8 against the Lions, Wilkins picked up the slack by amassing 113 scrimmage yards and a touchdown over 21 touches. His involvement has steadily deteriorated since, and he hasn't seen more than nine touches or 26 offensive snaps in five straight games. Wilkins will continue to serve as the No. 3 option behind Taylor and Nyheim Hines in Week 15's matchup against Houston's 31st-ranked rush defense.
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