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The Colts have activated WR Michael Pittman (leg) from IR. We'll see when the rookie is ready for game action, but we wouldn't bother stashing him now outside of deep fantasy leagues. He caught 9 of 12 targets for 73 scoreless yards over the season's first 3 weeks.

Colts DE Justin Houston (hip) and DL Denico Autry (ankle, knee) are active for today’s game against the Bengals. Each had an odd practice week. Houston sat out Wednesday and Friday, with a limited practice in between. Autry missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned to a full Friday workout. They face a Cincinnati offense that has allowed the league’s most sacks. That upside makes Houston and Autry worth the risk for IDP lineups … at their appropriate levels. Check our updated Week 6 DL rankings.

11:10am EDT 10/18/20

Colts RB Jordan Wilkins (calf) is active for today’s game against Bengals. He’ll continue to play a bit role behind RB Jonathan Taylor.

Colts RB Jordan Wilkins (calf) is questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bengals. He was limited on Wednesday but sidelined on Thursday and Friday. Wilkins carried 9 times in Weeks 2, 3 and 4 before toting it just once last Sunday. His absence would be a small boost to RB Jonathan Taylor.

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.

Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox (knee) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Bengals. Alie-Cox has run only 18 pass routes and totaled 3 targets over the past 2 weeks, so this is just a slight bump for TEs Trey Burton and Jack Doyle.

The Colts had 1 player and 3 staff members originally test positive for COVID, but all 4 have come back as false positives, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. So the Bengals-Colts game is on for Sunday. We'll let you know if that changes.

The Colts had "several" COVID tests come back positive, insider Kevin Bowen reports. The team's facility has been closed as they confirm the tests. This weekend's Colts-Bengals game is now in question. Stay tuned for updates.

Colts LB Anthony Walker (ankle) is active for today's game against the Browns. He'll carry some re-injury risk but also tackle upside against the run-favoring Cleveland offense.

The Colts have ruled LB Darius Leonard (groin) out for Sunday's game against the Browns. LB Anthony Walker is questionable with an ankle injury that arose during the practice week. He sat out Thursday before putting in a limited Friday. We'll check his status Sunday afternoon. Colts LB Bobby Okereke -- who opened the week not practicing because of a thumb injury -- was off the injury report by the end of the week after full workouts Thursday and Friday. He's the best IDP bet among Colts LBs this week.

Colts LB Bobby Okereke underwent thumb surgery Monday for an injury suffered in Sunday's win over the Bears. We'll see whether he can rebound in time to play against the Browns this Sunday. If Okereke doesn't go, Indy will choose among Zaire Franklin, Jordan Glasgow and E.J. Speed to fill in. The crowd in contention makes it an IDP situation worth steering away from. This injury plus Darius Leonard's groin injury add value to LB Anthony Walker on waivers. We'll keep an eye on practice reports for Colts LBs this week.

Colts LB Darius Leonard left in the 1st half of Sunday's win over the Bears with a groin injury and did not return. We'll see about his status heading into Week 5. Anthony Walker and Bobby Okereke finished out the Week 4 contest as the full-time LBs, tallying 11 and 8 tackles, respectively. Each would be in play for IDP lineups if Leonard misses further time.

Colts TE Trey Burton (calf) has been activated from IR. He'll presumably play against the Bears tomorrow. Burton isn't a Week 4 fantasy option but does further crowd the Colts' TE picture, joining Mo Alie-Cox and Jack Doyle.

Colts WR Michael Pittman underwent surgery on Sunday to address compartment syndrome in his calf, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's the injury that Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett dealt with last November. Per Rapoport, Pittman is expected to be sidelined through the Colts' Week 7 bye. The rookie can be dropped in redraft leagues. Indy is now down to WRs T.Y. Hilton, Zach Pascal, Daurice Fountain and Ashton Dulin.

Colts WR Michael Pittman suffered an ankle injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Jets. He's questionable to return. Stay tuned for an update.

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Colts TE Jack Doyle (knee) is active for today’s game against the Jets. It's unclear how snaps and targets will be divvied between Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox, so you’re best off avoiding the situation in Week 3 fantasy lineups.

Colts TE Jack Doyle (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets. HC Frank Reich said Friday, though, that Doyle is "ready to roll." TE Mo Alie-Cox went off for 111 yards in Doyle's absence last week. It's unclear how snaps and targets will be divvied between Doyle and Alie-Cox this Sunday, making it a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.

Colts TE Jack Doyle (groin) remained sidelined on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him returning for this weekend's game against the Jets. Doyle's absence would make TE Mo Alie-Cox a legit Week 3 fantasy starter.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Colts WR Parris Campbell suffered a PCL injury in Sunday's win over the Vikings and will be out "indefinitely." That sounds like it'll land Campbell on IR for some amount of time. That'll elevate the playing time for WR Zach Pascal, who jumped from 62% snap share in Week 1 to 81% in Week 2. It could also increase the opportunities for RB Nyheim Hines and the TEs in the short-to-intermediate range. Campbell looks droppable in fantasy football leagues of little-to-moderate depth.

Update: Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star reports that a source says it's actually an MCL injury for Campbell and that there's a "low percentage" chance that he returns this season. Take Campbell out of your 2020 plans for now.

Further update: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Campbell sprained both the MCL and PCL, adding: "No clear timetable yet, but it'll be a while."

As the team feared, Colts FS Malik Hooker suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Sunday's win over the Vikings. It'll be the 2nd time in his 4 seasons that Hooker has finished on IR. He tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee as a 2017 rookie. The Colts declined his 5th-year option this past offseason, so Hooker will hit free agency in March. Indy turned to rookie Julian Blackmon to fill in for Hooker against Minnesota.


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