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Darius Leonard

Darius Leonard


Height: 6' 2"Weight: 230 lbsAge: 26College: South Carolina State

Week 4 Outlook

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Week Rank (ECR) LB #3
Projection 16.1 pts

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Darius Leonard misses second consecutive practice

Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (ankle, illness) missed his second consecutive practice on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact

Things certainly aren't trending in the right direction for Leonard, who is a key part of the Colts' defense. While the linebacker still has a chance to play in Week 2, he'd first need to practice on Friday.

Andersen Pickard2 weeks ago
Darius Leonard (illness) doesn't practice on Thursday for the Colts

Per Zak Keefer of The Athletic, LB Darius Leonard was absent from Colts' Thursday practice due to a non-COVID related illness.

Fantasy Impact

This makes two back-to-back practices missed for Leonard as he was dealing with an ankle issue on Wednesday. While it's still unclear what Leonard is truly dealing with, two practices missed this late in the week have to put a slight question mark on his availability for Sunday vs the LA Rams. If absent, the Colts' defense would take a big hit as they would be without their defensive captain and subsequently make life a lot easier for the Rams' offense.

Darius Leonard (ankle) does not practice Wednesday

Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard (ankle) did not practice with the team on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact

Leonard is arguably the best player on the Colts' defense, so his absence is certainly concerning, especially since they will host the high-flying Los Angeles Rams in Week 2. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford dominated with over 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Bears in Week 1, which could lead to fading the Colts D/ST this week. Continue monitoring Leonard's status on Thursday and Friday.

Matthew MacKay2 weeks ago
Darius Leonard agrees to terms on a five-year, $99.25 million extension

Indianapolis Colts All-Pro LB Darius Leonard has agreed to terms on a five-year, $99.25 million contract extension to become the highest-paid ILB, including $52.5 million guaranteed, per Ian Rapoport.

Fantasy Impact

Leonard will earn $20 million per year across the next three seasons after receiving either Pro-Bowl or All-Pro nominations in each of his first three years in the league. The 26-year old recorded 132 tackles, seven pass deflections, seven TFLs, and three forced fumbles across 14 games to help the Colts reach the AFC Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills in 2020. First-round rookie DE Kwity Paye adds another dynamic defensive lineman alongside DeForest Buckner, allowing Leonard to monitor the middle of the field with the fierce intensity he brings on every play. He should be a perennial All-Pro linebacker in Indianapolis for years to come.

Matthew MacKay7 weeks ago
Darius Leonard to miss some early practices

Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard will miss some of the team's early practices in training camp after having a "small procedure on his ankle."

Fantasy Impact

Keefer adds that Colts GM Chris Ballard says, "He's a vet. He'll be ready." The team will monitor the ankle, but Leonard's absence appears to be cautionary. The two-time All-Pro is currently looking for a contract extension with the Colts, which would be in the range of the deal fellow LB Fred Warner just signed with the 49ers.

Zak McDonald9 weeks ago
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