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Colts LB Shaquille Leonard left his 1st appearance of the season in the 1st half with a concussion. That almost certainly means Leonard will also miss Thursday night's game against the Broncos. We'll see about his progress through the league protocol. LB Zaire Franklin will return to elevated playing time in Leonard's absence.

Colts LB Shaquille Leonard (knee) is active for the 1st time this season and ready to play against the Titans. HC Frank Reich cautioned this week that Leonard isn't back to 100%, so we'll see if they limit his role. But it appears the team has been cautious in working the veteran back. So we're willing to risk Leonard in IDP lineups. DT DeForest Buckner (elbow) is also active after entering the day questionable.

Colts LB Shaquille Leonard is questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans after what HC Frank Reich called "three pretty good days" of practice, according to Reich said Leonard won't be back to 100% even if he plays and that they'll have to determine whether he can play "at a high level" in spite of the injury. We'll see about his status Sunday morning. Leonard will be risky in his return, but the ceiling is high enough to be on him in most cases if the player and team deem him well enough to play after 3 weeks down.

The Colts have ruled LB Shaquille Leonard out for the 3rd straight game as he continues to work back from June back surgery. Leonard's continued absence leaves E.J. Speed in the lineup and Zaire Franklin joining Bobby Okereke as full-timers at LB.

The Colts have ruled LB Shaquille Leonard out for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Leonard — working back from June back surgery — returned to full practice this week, which suggests he’s a strong possibility for Week 3. E.J. Speed stepped into Leonard’s starting role in Week 1, supplying 7 tackles (3 solo) and a sack. But he played just 54% of the snaps, which makes him tough to believe in for Week 2. LB Zaire Franklin joined Bobby Okereke as the full-timers. Expect Okereke to join Leonard in that pairing once the star is all the way back

Colts LB Shaquille Leonard (back) participated fully in practice Wednesday, pointing to a potential return for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Leonard rejoined the team late in August but wasn't quite ready to play in the opener. If he's ready for Week 2, expect LB Zaire Franklin to lose playing time.

The Colts have ruled LB Shaquille Leonard out for Sunday's opener against the Texans. The veteran is still working back from June back surgery. We'll see about his status for Week 2. Leonard's absence leaves Bobby Okereke as the best play at LB for the Colts, and a high-upside IDP option for the week.

Colts LB Shaquille Leonard hit the practice field Wednesday for the 1st time since his June back surgery. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll be ready for the regular-season opener, but it's another sign that his full return is approaching. We'll watch the official practice reports on Leonard leading up to Week 1 and see if HC Frank Reich offers further status updates.

The Colts are taking LB Shaquille Leonard of the PUP list, according to multiple reports. We'll see what the team says about just when we should expect Leonard to return to the field, but this is obviously good news. It means Indy at least expects its defensive stud to be ready inside the 1st 4 games. Leonard has missed all of training camp and the preseason while recovering from June back surgery.

Colts HC Frank Reich spoke positively this week about LB Shaquille (Darius) Leonard staying involved in training-camp practices despite not taking part physically, as he works back from June back surgery. But it still doesn't sound like the team knows exactly when he'll be back. "I know he is continuing good rehab, having progress, but we are still not in that mode," Reich said, per's Horseshoe Huddle. "I don't think it is imminent, but I think he is making progress." Jake Arthur told us Friday on the podcast that he doesn't think Leonard would need much practice time to be ready for the season once his body's good to go. We'll keep watching, though, for some indication of when that will be.

The Colts have placed LB Darius Leonard on the PUP list to open training camp. It's not a surprise. Leonard had back surgery in early June, and it was reported at the time that he'd miss some of camp. Lingering trouble with the ankle that has been bothering Leonard since before last season started might be the bigger concern, though. We'll see how long the star remains on the PUP list, from which the team can activate him at any time. If Leonard winds up on the regular-season PUP list, he'd have to miss at least 4 games. To date, we haven't seen that reported as a possibility. The Colts also placed S Rodney McLeod (undisclosed) and DE Tyquan Lewis (knee) on the PUP ahead of camp starting.

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.

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