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Colts DE Justin Houston (calf) is active for today's game against the Vikings. Houston missed practice both Thursday and Friday with the issue, so he'll likely be playing at less than 100%. There's some risk, though he remains in play for IDP lineups. CB Rock Ya-Sin is inactive, a surprise scratch after he didn't appear on the injury report all week. Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports that Ya-Sin has an illness (not COVID).

Colts WRs Michael Pittman (toe) and Zach Pascal (ankle) are active for today’s game against the Vikings. They’ll serve as Indy’s #3 and #4 WRs.

Colts WRs Michael Pittman (toe) and Zach Pascal (ankle) are questionable for this weekend’s game against the Vikings. Pittman was limited in practice all week, while Pascal got in a full practice on Friday. Neither guy is a fantasy option, but their absences would mean more targets for WRs T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell.

Colts TE Jack Doyle (ankle/knee) missed practice all week and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. HC Frank Reich suggested Friday that Doyle might miss multiple games. With TE Trey Burton (calf) on IR for at least the next 2 weeks, Indianapolis is down to TE Mo Alie-Cox. He’d be a flier in Week 2 fantasy lineups.

Colts TE Jack Doyle (ankle/knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He now appears to be in real danger of missing this weekend's game against the Vikings. With TE Trey Burton on IR, Doyle's absence would leave Mo Alie-Cox as the Colts' top TE.

Colts TE Jack Doyle missed practice Wednesday. The team listed him with ankle and knee injuries. Doyle played 73% of the snaps in the opening loss to Jacksonville, with no other TE reaching 40%. And it was a neck issue that cost him camp time. We'll see if this situation challenges his Week 2 availability.

An MRI has confirmed that Colts RB Marlon Mack suffered a torn Achilles in Sunday's opener. Mack will miss the rest of the season and hit free agency next offseason coming off a major injury. His absence leaves the Colts backfield to Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. Hines actually out-snapped the rookie 39 to 26 in Week 1, tallying 7 carries and 8 targets to Taylor's 9 carries and 6 targets. We're expecting Taylor to quickly emerge as the clear lead ball-carrier here, but Hines should remain plenty involved, especially in the passing game.

The Colts "fear" a torn Achilles for RB Marlon Mack, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. That'd be a season-ending injury -- and leave Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines in the backfield. Taylor would easily be the best fantasy bet, but Hines has been surprisingly involved in the opener.

Colts RB Marlon Mack suffered an ankle injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Jaguars and is officially questionable to return. His absence leaves Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Taylor in Indianapolis' backfield.

Update: The Colts have ruled Mack out for the rest of the game. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Colts fear a torn Achilles' tendon for Mack.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz isn't listed on the Week 1 injury report. He missed some time late in camp with what was reported as a "minor soft tissue injury," but it's a non-issue now. Despite an beat-up WR corps (again), Wentz is a solid QB1 play against Washington this weekend.

Colts WR Parris Campbell has cleared the league's concussion protocol and is a "full go" for Week 1, according to Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star. That should return Campbell to a top-3 WR spot for an Indy offense that has dealt with injuries to its top 2 TEs during camp. Campbell carries plenty of upside into the 2020 season at a late-round price.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz sat out Sunday's practice with a "minor soft tissue injury," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Wentz is day-to-day. This doesn't look like a situation to worry about. We'll certainly keep an eye on the QB's status, though.

Colts CB Kenny Moore strained his groin on Aug. 17 and has missed practice since. According to Zak Keefer of The Athletic, though, Moore "has been seen working intensely with athletic trainers on the sideline" during recent workouts and has "a good chance" of returning to practice this week. Moore appears on track to be ready for the Sept. 13 opener. We'll certainly keep an eye on that, but Moore looks fine to draft in DB2 range in your IDP leagues.

Colts RB Nyheim Hines "has been everywhere" in camp, The Athletic's Zak Keefer writes. "I’ve never seen Hines this active in the offense," Keefer continues. "It’s probably not a stretch to say the third-year running back has caught more passes from [QB Philip] Rivers than anyone else. They’ve been mostly screen passes and dump-offs, but it’s likely a snippet into some of what we’ll see this season. Instead of throwing the ball away, Rivers will look for Hines. And Hines will look for space." Hines has very little rushing upside and was inefficient in the passing game last year. But volume trumps all. And if Hines is going to see a bunch of targets, he'll be useful in PPR leagues.

Colts WR Parris Campbell is in the concussion protocol after being involved in a minor car accident, according to insider Kevin Bowen. It's Campbell's 1st documented concussion. We'll see when he's cleared to get back on the field. Campbell had been off to a nice start in camp and is line to open the season as 1 of the Colts' top 3 WRs.

Colts WR Parris Campbell has gotten off to a good start in camp. "Yeah, he looks strong, fast, smart, explosive, good hands, understands the offense, consistent," HC Frank Reich said. "I mean, it's early but that's what we are looking for from him. Now we just need that to continue to build." Andrew Walker of the team's official site notes that Campbell has been running primarily out of the slot and has been a favorite target of QB Philip Rivers so far. Campbell's rookie season was ruined by injuries, but it looks like he's in line to play a significant role in Indy's passing game this year.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) passed his physical and has been activated from the active/NFI list. The hammy issue alone isn't a big deal. But Hilton's health will be worth monitoring over the next month. He's missed 8 games over the past 2 seasons and turns 31 in November.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has been placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list with a hamstring issue. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero calls it a "mild" injury that Hilton suffered getting ready for camp. Still, it's not ideal for a 30-year-old wideout who's missed 8 games over the past 2 seasons We'll keep a close eye on the situation.

The Colts selected Washington QB Jacob Eason in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Eason looks the part. He’s 6’6, 231 pounds and might just have the biggest arm of anyone in this year’s QB class. But his accuracy comes and goes, and he struggles under pressure. “He’s the prototypical bust,” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “He’s big and he’s tall and he’s pretty lookin’. He can throw it through a brick wall. But knowing how to play the position, having poise, mental processing … it’s just not there.” A big-time high school recruit, Eason started as a true freshman at Georgia back in 2016, completing 55% of his passes, averaging 6.6 yards per attempt and tossing 16 TDs vs. 8 INTs. After hurting his knee early in the 2017 season, he lost the starting job to Jake Fromm. Eason then transferred to Washington, where he threw for 3,132 yards, 23 TDs and 8 INTs on a 64% completion rate and 7.7 yards per attempt this past year. He ranked just 22nd among draft-eligible QBs in Pro Football Focus’ adjusted completion rate and 2nd-to-last in passing grade under pressure. Eason needs development and will get it in Indianapolis, where he'll sit behind Philip Rivers for at least 2020.

The Colts selected Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor with the 41st overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Taylor is as strong a rushing prospect as we’ve seen come into the league in recent memory. He ran for 1,977 yards as a true freshman, 2,194 yards as a sophomore and 2,003 yards in his 2019 junior campaign. Taylor won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top RB in both of the last 2 years and holds the NCAA record with an average of 2,058 rushing yards per season. He leaves Wisconsin with a big 6.7 yards-per-carry average and 50 total rushing scores. Taylor also blew up the Combine, running a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at 226 pounds and earning a 90th percentile SPARQ (athleticism) score. The knocks: ball-security (18 career fumbles) and pass-catching ability (42 career catches). We’ve seen plenty of RBs improve their ball-security as pros, though. And Taylor took a big step forward as a receiver this past year, posting a 26-252-5 line and ranking 14th among draft-eligible RBs in yards per route run — notably ahead of D’Andre Swift and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. We’d expect Taylor to pretty quickly beat out Marlon Mack to become the Colts’ lead ball-carrier. We’ll see what kind of receiving role he can capture, but he’ll be running behind a strong offensive line.

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