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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: No timeline to return

    Leonard (back) still doesn't have a timeline to return to action, but the Colts expect him to be available this season, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports. Wolfe added the caveat "some point" in his report, indicating Leonard's absence may extend past Week 1. Leonard has had back-to-back rough years on the health front, undergoing a small procedure on his ankle in July 2021 before having surgery to repair two discs in his back this June. The latter was performed because it was causing discomfort down his leg. Leonard remains on the active/PUP list, meaning he can practice and play in the preseason at any point. Whenever he's healthy and available to the Colts defense, he's a stud IDP, averaging 157.7 tackles per 17 games played in his four-year career.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Remains without timetable

    Leonard (back), who remains without a timetable for his return, revealed he underwent surgery in June to repair two discs in his back that were causing pain down his leg, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports. Leonard was placed on the preseason PUP list at the start of training camp. We now know more details about his surgery, and while it remains to be seen if he'll be able to return by the beginning of the regular season, the Colts have maintained he'll be ready for Week 1. Leonard had also been rehabbing an ankle issue after undergoing a procedure earlier in the offseason, missing OTAs and the Colts' mandatory minicamp.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Placed on PUP list

    Leonard (back) was placed on the active/PUP list Sunday. The Colts have not established a timeline for when he may return, but head coach Frank Reich said in June that he's expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, Stephen Holder of ESPN.com reports. Leonard's placement on the preseason PUP list doesn't give much info on his status, as he already was expected to miss much of training camp. However, there doesn't appear to be any increased optimism about his recovery timetable. While Reich was optimistic in June, there wasn't a lot of detail given about Leonard's injury, which makes his status murky for the regular season. Leonard underwent back surgery in June that is believed to help address lower-leg issues. He already had been rehabbing an ankle issue after undergoing a procedure earlier in the offseason, missing OTAs and the Colts' mandatory minicamp.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Set to undergo back surgery

    Leonard (ankle/back) is expected to undergo back surgery and miss a portion of next month's training camp, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports. Leonard has been rehabbing his ankle after undergoing surgery in the offseason, missing OTAs and the Colts' mandatory minicamp. Head coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that he won't need a second ankle operation, but he will unfortunately have to have a procedure on his back. The surgery will cause him to be out for the foreseeable future and he'll likely miss a chunk of training camp.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Still resting ankle

    Leonard (ankle) is not present for Tuesday's mandatory minicamp, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports. Leonard remains out as he is resting his ankle for precautionary reasons as the team is protecting its star linebacker. There is no concern on his availability for the 2022 season and he may have his eyes set on a return for next month's training camp.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Doesn't practice Wednesday

    Colts head coach Frank Reich said Leonard (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday for precautionary reasons, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports. While Reich said Leonard's absence was precautionary, the coach implied that the Colts initially didn't plan on the linebacker being withheld from the workout. Leonard had ankle surgery ahead of the 2021 campaign, but his ankle continued to bother him for the majority of the season. However, it wasn't apparent that Leonard was playing hurt based on his production, as he notched 122 tackles, eight pass deflections, four interceptions, eight forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 16 games. Leonard said earlier this month that he's still rehabbing the ankle, but he doesn't anticipate needing an additional surgery.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Still rehabbing ankle

    Leonard said Wednesday that he's still rehabbing his injured ankle, but he doesn't anticipate needing additional surgery, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports. Leonard had ankle surgery ahead of the 2021 campaign, but the ankle still bothered him for the majority of the season. It wasn't apparent that Leonard was playing hurt based on his production, however, as the linebacker finished with 122 tackles, eight pass deflections, four interceptions, eight forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 16 games. The 2018 second-round pick signed a five-year extension with the Colts in August, so the lingering ankle issues could still be a bit of a concern for the team over the long term. Regardless, Leonard proved last year that he can still be productive even when he's limited.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Does it all in 2021

    Leonard totaled 122 tackles (75 solo), eight pass deflections, four interceptions, eight forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries across 16 appearances during the 2021 campaign. Leonard missed one game while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he was an absolute stud for the other 16 games. His consistent tackling numbers give him a high floor, but the rate at which he's able to create turnovers transforms him into one of the best options in IDP formats. He signed a five-year extension with the Colts in August 2021, so the 2018 second-round pick is expected to be a dominant force for Indianapolis' defense -- and fantasy managers -- for years to come.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Cleared for Week 17

    The Colts reinstated Leonard (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. Leonard was aided by the recent change in the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol, which allows unvaccinated players who test positive for the virus to rejoin their respective teams if asymptomatic or showing diminished symptoms at the conclusion of a five-day isolation period. Under the previous rule, Leonard would have had to complete a 10-day quarantine following his positive test, which came shortly before last Saturday's win over the Cardinals. Instead of missing two games, Leonard will now return to the team facility for practice the next two days, setting him up to play a normal snap count this weekend against the Raiders. The fourth-year linebacker has remained a high-end IDP option in 2021, totaling 107 tackles, six forced fumbles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries through 14 games.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Has chance to play Week 17

    Leonard (illness), who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, will be eligible to play Sunday against the Raiders if he's asymptomatic or showing improvement in his recovery from the virus at the conclusion of a five-day quarantine, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. As an unvaccinated player who tested positive for the virus, Leonard was slated to face a 10-day quarantine, but that timeline was cut in half Tuesday, when the NFL and NFL Players Association reached an agreement to set isolation time at five days for all players who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. Though Leonard wasn't available for the Colts' Week 16 win over the Cardinals and is expected to remain away from the team through at least Thursday, he should be ready to go by Sunday so long as his symptoms have resolved while he's in isolation. The fourth-year linebacker has tallied 107 tackles, seven pass breakups, six forced fumbles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries through 14 games this season.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Hits COVID-19 list

    The Colts placed Leonard (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Leonard tested positive for the virus and is unvaccinated, so not only will he miss Saturday's game at Arizona, but a Week 17 matchup against the Raiders as well as he enters a 10-day quarantine. This is a huge blow for those in leagues with IDPs, as Leonard has supplemented his 107 tackles with six forced fumbles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 14 contests this season. Some combination of Zaire Franklin and E.J. Speed likely will take on Leonard's assignments over the next two contests.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Racks up 10 tackles, interception

    Leonard totaled 10 tackles (eight solo), one tackle for loss, one interception, one pass defensed and one quarterback hit in Saturday's 27-17 win over New England. Leonard notched his third double-digit tackling performance of the season while adding his third interception of the campaign. The star linebacker picked off rookie quarterback Mac Jones inside the Colts' 10-yard line late in the first half. That play preserved Indianapolis' first-half shutout, ending a streak of 99 consecutive games in which the Patriots scored points in the first half.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Upgrades to full participation

    Leonard (ankle/wrist) was a full participant in practice Thursday. Leonard's in no danger of missing Sunday's game against Houston as a result of his injuries. He needs seven tackles to reach 100 for the fourth consecutive season to open his career, and the standout linebacker is yet to finish shy of 120 tackles in a season.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Sits out Wednesday's practice

    Leonard (ankle/wrist) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice. Leonard has played through the ankle issue the past few weeks, and he's now also dealing with a wrist injury. The 26-year-old's status for Week 13 is now up in the air, and he may need to practice in some capacity Thursday or Friday to have a chance of suiting up this weekend at Houston.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Monstrous tackling day

    Leonard notched 15 tackles (12 solo), one pass breakup and one fumble during Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers. Leonard notched his best tackling day of the season and just his second outing this year with double-digit stops. The 26-year-old remains a high-end weekly starting fantasy option in IDP formats, and he could be primed for another dominant performance with a divisional matchup against Houston's struggling offense on deck Week 13.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Puts in full practice Friday

    Leonard (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. Leonard practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday before returning in full Friday. All signs point to him suiting up in Week 12.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Active Week 11

    Leonard (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Bills. Leonard was considered questionable for Sunday's contest, though the linebacker was always expected to suit up this weekend. The 26-year-old has played all but a handful of defensive snaps for the Colts this season, and that trend is unlikely to change in Buffalo, barring an injury.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Tallies seven stops, forces fumble

    Leonard recorded seven tackles, a quarterback hit and forced a fumble in Sunday's 30-18 win over the 49ers. Leonard has recorded seven tackles in each of the last two weeks but also has an interception and two forced fumbles in that span. He remains a key figure in the Colts' defense and has 52 tackles across seven contests on the campaign.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Forces two turnovers

    Leonard had seven tackles (six solo), an interception and a forced fumble during Sunday's 31-3 win over Houston. Leonard played 89 percent of the defensive snaps -- which is the first time in 2021 he didn't play every snap -- and he produced a pair of takeaways to power Indianapolis' strong defensive effort. The 26-year-old's tackle total (45) is a bit low for his standards through six games, though he also has two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
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  • Colts' Darius Leonard: Registers six tackles

    Leonard posted six tackles (three solo) and a pass breakup in Sunday's 25-16 loss to the Titans. Leonard posted 132 tackles over 14 games last season, but he's off to a slow start in 2021 with 17 stops through three contests. However, he's contributing some upside with two pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. The 2018 second-round pick is still a strong IDP option, but we expected more consistent tackling numbers on draft day.
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