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Colts HC Frank Reich said after Sunday's loss to the Steelers that the team believes QB Jacoby Brissett is dealing with a sprained MCL. Brissett remained on the sidelines after exiting and looked like he wanted to re-enter the game. He never did, but it at least looks like he avoided a serious injury here. We should get a more concrete diagnosis and timeline on Brissett tomorrow.

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett injured his left foot or ankle in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. He was able to get off the field under his own power and is being looked at by trainers on the sidelines. QB Brian Hoyer is in for Indianapolis. We'll update Brissett's status when we learn more.

Update: The Colts announced that Brissett has a knee injury and is questionable to return.

Colts DE Justin Houston (calf) and S Malik Hooker (knee) are active for today's game against the Steelers. Each guy turned up questionable but is available for normal usage. Houston looks less attractive for IDP lineups than usual with the calf issue and strong Pittsburgh pass protection.

Colts DE Justin Houston is questionable for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. He suffered a calf injury in Thursday's practice that then kept him out Friday. We'll need to watch Houston's status Sunday morning. S Malik Hooker is also questionable. He returned last week after missing 3 games with a knee injury. Hooker opened this practice week on the field but then was limited Thursday and sat out Friday, again with a knee issue. He hasn't been much of an IDP option even when healthy, at least. His previous replacement, Khari Willis, looks ready to go if Hooker sits.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) is out for Sunday's game against the Steelers. HC Frank Reich said Friday that Hilton hurt his calf on Wednesday and could miss 3 weeks. His absence leaves Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers, Parris Campbell and Deon Cain as Indy's top 4 WRs in Pittsburgh this weekend. Pascal is the best fantasy bet after leading those other 3 in snaps and routes last week, but he's no better than a WR4. Downgrade QB Jacoby Brissett without Hilton.

Stephen Holder of The Athletic supplied some ominous info early Friday afternoon on WR T.Y. Hilton's calf injury. Holder said Hilton was in a walking boot Thursday and that the Colts wideout "is very much in jeopardy of missing Sunday's game at Pittsburgh." Unless Indy rules him out today, we'll likely need to track Hilton's status right up until Sunday's inactives come out. Stay tuned. And if you've been planning to start QB Jacoby Brissett this weekend, consider your other options.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) and TE Eric Ebron (ankle) missed practice on Thursday. Hilton was limited on Wednesday, while Ebron wasn't on the injury report at all. It's worth noting that DE Justin Houston and S Malik Hooker were also added to the injury report on Thursday, so it's possible the Colts are just getting some guys mid-week rest. Check back tomorrow for another update.

The Chargers have released Chase McLaughlin, who kicked for them the past 4 weeks. It's unclear if L.A. will go back to K Ty Long or if K Mike Badgley is finally ready to return from his groin injury. Avoid the situation in Week 9 fantasy lineups.

The Chargers on Monday fired OC Ken Whisenhunt. The veteran coach was in his 4th season as coordinator, after previously running the Chargers' offense in 2013. This year's crew sits just 23rd in scoring and has particularly struggled to run the ball. L.A. still ranks a decent 15th in yards per play, though, and 14th in Football Outsiders' overall offensive DVOA (through Week 7 games). HC Anthony Lynn figures to take over the play calling. Perhaps we'll see a bit more rushing volume after the switch, but the Chargers will need to get much better blocking to improve efficiency on that front. We're not adjusting our fantasy outlook for any Chargers players on this news.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Chargers plan to have QBs coach Shane Steichen call plays, "though coach Anthony Lynn will be heavily involved & give input."

11:10am EDT 10/27/19

Colts TE Jack Doyle (groin) is active for today’s game against the Broncos. He popped up on the injury report on Friday and was listed as questionable, so there’s some added risk to using him in Week 8 fantasy lineups.

Colts TE Jack Doyle (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Broncos. He was added to the injury report on Friday and limited in practice. We'll look for updates on Doyle and will get his official status by noon ET on Sunday. His absence would be a big boost for TE Eric Ebron, was was out-snapped 56 to 32 by Doyle last week.

11:10am EDT 10/20/19

Colts DE Justin Houston is active for today's game against the Texans. He turned up questionable after a calf injury kept him out of practice Thursday and Friday. But there's too much upside against a Houston offense missing RT Tytus Howard to leave this guy on your IDP bench.

Colts DE Justin Houston is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans with a calf injury. Houston missed the final 2 practices after beginning the week as a healthy participant. We've moved Houston down the DL rankings for the week and will update his status Sunday morning.

The Colts added DE Justin Houston to the injury report after he missed Thursday's practice with a calf injury. We'll have to watch the situation into the weekend. An active Houston would face a terrific matchulp with Houston -- boosted further by Texans RT Tytus Howard being out with a knee injury.

6:10pm EDT 10/6/19

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (quad) is active for tonight’s game against Chiefs. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and still probably isn’t at 100%. That makes Hilton a risk/reward fantasy play.

6:10pm EDT 10/6/19

Colts RB Marlon Mack (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Chiefs. He was reportedly a game-time decision, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that the team will “be cautious” with Mack. He’s a risk/reward fantasy play.

Colts RB Marlon Mack's status for tonight's game against the Chiefs will be a game-time decision, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the "team will be cautious." That's worrisome for the fantasy outlook on Mack, who missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning to a full workout Friday. If you're waiting on him, then you'll need to have Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins or a decent option from the Chiefs or 49ers available as a fallback.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "there is optimism" that Colts WR T.Y. Hilton will be able to return from his quad injury tonight against the Chiefs. Hilton is questionable after putting in limited workouts Thursday and Friday. The Sunday night kickoff for that game means most fantasy owners will have to make the call on whether to play Hilton before knowing if he'll be active. If you do want to wait for Hilton, potential fill-ins who might be available on the waiver wire include Deon Cain, Zach Pascal, Rashard Higgins (questionable, knee) and several 49ers.

The Colts have ruled LB Darius Leonard (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. It'll be his 3rd straight game missed. LB Anthony Walker (shoulder) is also questionable for the game. Walker didn't miss any practice this week and wasn't even listed on the injury report until Friday -- when he put in a full workout. We'd have to bet on him playing, but the status obviously means we'll need to check the Sunday night inactives.

Colts RB Marlon Mack (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs. He sat out Wednesday and Thursday's practices but was a full-go Friday. HC Frank Reich said early in the week that Mack wasn't medically ruled out of last week's game, so we're expecting Mack to play on Sunday night.

 
 
 

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