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Colts LB Darius Leonard had back surgery Tuesday morning, his agent confirmed. Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports that Leonard will miss "some camp time" but is expected to be ready for the regular season. ESPN's Mike Wells reports it a little differently, saying the team expects "him to [be] back for training camp." We'll see about Leonard's status as camp gets going. At the least, this adds a complication for a star player who has already been dealing with nagging ankle trouble.

Colts LB Darius Leonard has been on the sideline at OTA practices this week because of lingering ankle issues, according to multiple reports. HC Frank Reich said: “Sometimes when you are going through something you hit a lull and can’t get over that hump. Sometimes you have to pause and say, ‘Why are we not getting over this hump?’ That’s a little bit what it is with Darius. We are just continuing to be cautious with him.” They're reportedly not yet considering another surgery on the left ankle, on which Leonard had surgery last June. Leonard missed only 1 game last season, and that for a stint on the COVID list. We'll see where this goes.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that NFL stat corrections have awarded a forced fumble and an assisted tackle on top of the Week 17 stars for Colts LB Darius Leonard. That could be a pretty significant points addition, which will vary quite a bit between scoring formats. If Leonard played on either team in your league’s title game, the check your scores

The Colts have activated LB Darius Leonard and S Khari Willis off the COVID list, leaving them eligible to face the Raiders on Sunday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Colts LB Darius Leonard tested positive for COVID and is unvaccinated. That means he'll not only miss tonight's game against the Cardinals, but also Week 17. That makes Leonard droppable in most redraft IDP leagues. E.J. Speed sits behind him on the depth chart. We'd try to find a sturdier fantasy option for the final 2 weeks of the fantasy season, though.

The Colts have placed LB Darius Leonard and S Khari Willis on the COVID list, knocking them out for tonight's game against the Cardinals. Those are significant losses for the Colts D -- especially Leonard -- but perhaps even more so for IDP lineups.

Colts LB Darius Leonard (ankle) is active for today's game against the Buccaneers. He entered the day questionable but appears to be operating at a similar level to wear he's been. The ankle has been a season-long issue.

Colts LB Darius Leonard (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. He practiced every day this week, including a full workout Friday. So we'd bet on Leonard playing, especially after he played through a questionable tag last week after less practice participation. It also seems pretty clear that he's operating at less than 100%, though.

Colts LB Darius Leonard (hand, ankle) is active for today's game against the Bills. Use him as you normally would in IDP lineups.

Colts LB Darius Leonard (ankle, hand) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. He played nearly every snap against Jacksonville in Week 10 and then put in limited practices Thursday and Friday. HC Frank Reich told the team website Friday that he's hopeful Leonard will play.

The Colts went without several defensive starters in Wednesday's practice. LB Darius Leonard (ankle), DE Kwity Paye (hamstring), S Khari Willis (ankle, groin) and CB Rock Ya-Sin (ankle) all missed the workout. Leonard sustained his injury last week and missed Thursday's practice before playing through it at Tennessee. The other 3 left Sunday's game early. We'll see about the progress for each throughout the week.

Despite only putting in a single, limited practice Friday (ankle, illness), Colts LB Darius Leonard carries no game status on the final injury report of the week. So he appears good for his usual workload Sunday against the Rams.

Colts LB Darius Leonard has missed the 1st 2 days of practice this week. The Colts listed him with an ankle issue Wednesday. Thursday found him listed with the ankle and an illness. We'll see about Leonard's participation Friday. The ankle issue kept him out of Friday practice last week, but he then carried no injury designation into the game against the Seahawks and saw full playing time.

The Colts have agreed to a 5-year extension with LB Darius Leonard, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The contract will be worth $99.25 million in total, with $52.5 million guaranteed. We didn't need affirmation that Leonard belongs atop the hill at LB, but it's good to know his situation won't be changing for a while.

Colts GM Chris Ballard says LB Darius Leonard has had an ankle "procedure" in early June, according to Mike Chappell of FOX59. Ballard said the team will monitor him but that there's "no reason for concern," despite conceding that the LB will miss some early practices. Leonard missed 2 games last season, but a groin injury was the culprit. We'll keep an eye out for anything further on this situation. For now, though, we'll take Ballard at his word and not adjust our outlook for Leonard.

Colts LB Darius Leonard left in the 4th quarter of Sunday's win over the Raiders with a back injury. We'll watch this week to see if it will cost him any further time.

Colts LB Darius Leonard and DE Justin Houston carry no injury designation into Sunday's game against the Lions. Leonard hasn't played since Week 4 because of a groin injury but put in a pair of full practices to close out the week. Houston played in Indy's last game but was clearly limited by a hip injury. That issue didn't even show up on this week's injury report, though. Both look ready for normal usage in IDP lineups. Leonard's return figures to lower the playing time for at least 1 of the Colts' other LBs. Anthony Walker sat 3rd in that line before Leonard went down.

Colts LB Darius Leonard (groin) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bengals. That's an upgrade over last week, when Leonard was ruled out Friday, but he still didn't practice all week. Leonard's continued absence upgrades LB Anthony Walker, who moved up our LB rankings late this week. Elsewhere on the defense, DE Justin Houston (hip) and DE Denico Autry (ankle, knee) are questionable for the game -- and each had goofy practice weeks. Houston missed practice Wednesday and Friday, sandwiching a limited Thursday. Autry sat out the first 2 days but then returned for a full Friday workout. We'll check the status for both players Sunday morning. It's an upside matchup for all Colts pass-rushers against a Cincinnati offense that has allowed the most sacks in the league.

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