Despite being on the losing side with Indianapolis, NFL schedule drug test for star RB Jonathan Taylor after first TD vs Browns

Jonathan Taylor had to abruptly close down his journey in the 2022 NFL season after sustaining an ankle injury in week 15. The running back started the 2023 NFL season with sky-high expectations to overcome the setback of last year. After getting off the PUP list, he had been an active participant in the team’s practice squad.

Besides the injury battle, Taylor has also been in contract holdout to secure a new deal. The Week 7 campaign against the Cleveland Browns marked his third game back after the contract holdout and his first start since returning. However, during the contest, an incident occurred that he is unlikely to forget anytime soon.

Jonathan Taylor mocks NFL’s drug test request

After returning to the field, Taylor was determined to deliver a stellar performance and put his recent struggles behind him. Although the Colts ultimately fell to the Browns, Taylor did his job exceptionally well.

The running back (RB) wrapped up the game with his best performance of the season, amassing 75 yards on 18 carries and catching three passes for 45 yards on four targets. Thanks to this outstanding performance, he is expected to return to his earlier dominant form.

However, after his remarkable performance on the field, the NFL raised suspicions about the veteran player and scheduled a drug test for him in the end zone.

He took to his X account to share the hilarious incident.

Meanwhile, Taylor is the second Colts player this season to be suspected of using drugs after showcasing an incredible performance on the field. Following the team’s week 1 match, linebacker Zaire Franklin shared on social media that the NFL selected him for a random drug test due to his impressive performance. He recorded 18 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass deflection, via AtoZ Sports.

Browns beat Indianapolis by only one point

The Colts entered the week 7 campaign with a 3-3 mark, while the Browns, after enjoying a bye week, had a 3-2 mark. The Sunday contest at Lucas Oil Stadium was like a do-or-die situation for both teams.

The match started with Cleveland’s Jerome Ford, who sustained an ankle injury, breaking free for a 69-yard touchdown run to give them a 7-point lead. The Colts responded to it with a Minshew to Josh Downs 59-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7 and increased the lead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter on another 17-yard touchdown run. However, the Browns Kareem Hunt, whom they acquired lately, ensured a two-yard TD run to tie the game at 14-14.

Jonathan Taylor
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Minshew and Dustin Hopkins played incredibly well in the third quarter to give the Browns a 30-21 advantage. A 75-yard touchdown drive behind Taylor gave the Colts a challenging 30-28 run at the end of the quarter. The fourth quarter was full of intense battles as both teams were vying for the win, but the Browns ultimately grabbed the 39-39 victory.

What’s your take on the Browns vs. Colts clash?

Maliha

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Maliha is an insightful sports writer with over a year of experience focusing on the NFL. Initially venturing into both NFL and NBA coverage, her journey began without a particular affinity for American football. However, her passion for the sport blossomed as she started following football more. Now, a huge NFL fan, Maliha meticulously follows every development within the league. She always wants to ensure her analysis is comprehensive and up-to-date to fellow readers.

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