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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 rookie DE Kwity Paye is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. He sandwiched a missed Thursday practice between 2 limited workouts. We'll see about his status Sunday morning but wouldn't plan to use him in IDP lineups.

Colts S Khari Willis is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams with an illness. He returned to a full practice Friday, though, after sitting out Thursday. So we'd expect Willis to play. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

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 ruled CB Xavier Rhodes (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. That's not particularly impactful for IDP leagues, but Rhodes' absence enhances the matchup for WR D.K. Metcalf.

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.

The Colts spent a 2nd-round pick on Vanderbilt DE Dayo Odeyingbo. That makes 2 straight picks spent at the position, after Indy started its draft with Kwity Paye. Odeyingbo isn't likely to contribute this season, though, as he's coming off an Achilles' tear. That has to ding his dynasty value as well. Odeyingbo did tally 20 tackles for loss in 20 games over the past 2 years. We'll see about his recovery and IDP outlook for 2022 and beyond.

Kwity Paye has joined the Colts as the 21st overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Paye hits the NFL with loads of speed and athleticism. His 114.6 speed score ranks 89th percentile among NFL edge defenders. Paye stands a bit on the small side, though: 6’2.5 and 261 pounds. He enjoyed a nicely productive junior campaign in 2019, including 6.5 sacks and 12.5 total tackles for loss. But Paye played in only 4 games this past season. On tape, he looks like he’ll need some work developing that athleticism into NFL productivity as a pass rusher.

The Titans are stealing a versatile D-lineman from a division rival. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Denico Autry will be heading to Tennessee on a 3-year, $21.5 million contract with $9 million guaranteed. Autry posted 7.5 sacks last season -- 2 years after notching a career-high 9 -- and tallied 10+ QB hits each of the past 3 seasons. He's capable of playing inside or on the edge but figures to not get outside the OT so much in Tennessee's scheme. Autry was a useful IDP option in Indy but will have less talent around him with the Titans. We'll see about his production -- in his age-31 season -- in the new place. We likely won't be chasing him on fantasy-draft day, though.

Colts DT DeForest Buckner (ankle) is active for today's game against the Bills. He's probably somewhere short of full strength, but his presence makes a big difference for the Colts' defense vs. both the run and pass.

Colts DT DeForest Buckner is questionable for Saturday's playoff opener against the Bills with an ankle injury. He has been listed with the same issue since Thursday of Week 15 but has yet to miss a game. Buckner followed the same practice participation this week as last -- out-out-limited -- but he finished last week with no injury designation. So it's possible the ankle is a bit worse this time around. Any limitation to Indy's best defensive lineman can obviously only help the Bills. We'll check his status when the inactives come out late Saturday morning.

The Colts have ruled S Khari Willis (concussion) out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Jaguars. Tavon Wilson will start in his place.

Colts S Khari Willis left Sunday's loss to the Steelers in the 3rd quarter with a concussion. He'll need to pass through the league protocol before playing Sunday against Jacksonville. We'll see whether Willis has a shot. You should plan as though he won't play in your IDP lineup, though. Tavon Wilson filled in for Willis at Pittsburgh and would start in his place.

Colts S Khari Willis left in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's loss to the Steelers with a concussion. He'll need to pass through the league concussion protocol before playing against Jacksonville next Sunday. Tavon Wilson stepped in for Willis against Pittsburgh.

Colts DT DeForest Buckner is active for today's game against the Texans. He hurt an ankle in Thursday's practice and then missed Friday's workout. That adds risk to using him in IDP lineups today, but Buckner remains a high-upside option.

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 Bobby Okereke (ankle) is active for today's game against the Raiders. He remained limited throughout the practice week, so Okereke is still a high-risk IDP option. His return, though, also adds risk to the playing time of LB Anthony Walker.

Colts LB Bobby Okereke (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Okereke put in limited practices all week after sitting out all of the previous 2 weeks. Even if he's active, though, Okreke will be a risky IDP option. If Okereke does return, he'll add risk to Anthony Walker. A healthy Okereke has been Indy's #2 LB over Walker this season.

The Colts have activated DT DeForest Buckner and DL Denico Autry off the COVID list. Both starters missed last week's game against the Titans, helping RB Derrick Henry to a huge rushing day. David Johnson -- assuming he's activated from IR in time -- won't be so fortunate in this Sunday's matchup. Both Buckner and Autry belong in IDP consideration for Week 13. Check our IDP rankings to see whether you should be starting either guy.

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