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Colts MLB Darius Leonard was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2.

Leonard piled up 18 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and a batted a pass in the upset win over the Redskins. The No. 36 overall pick back in April, Leonard has been an every-snap player and is Pro Football Focus' top-rated off-ball linebacker through two weeks. The Colts may have found a star.
Sep 19 - 10:11 AM

Colts second-round LB Darius Leonard recorded 18 tackles Sunday in the Colts' Week 2 win over the Redskins.

He also added a sack of Alex Smith and a forced fumble that sealed the win for Indy late in the fourth quarter. Leonard was nearly credited with a second forced fumble after stripping the ball from Jamison Crowder in the first half, but the play was overturned after Crowder was ruled down by contact. The 23-year-old was all over the field Sunday and has been an immediate difference-maker since arriving as a second-round pick out of South Carolina State. He'll be a name to watch for as the year goes on.
Sep 16 - 6:14 PM

Eric Ebron corralled three-of-four targets for 26 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Colts’ Week 2 win over the Redskins.

Ebron did most of his damage on the opening possession, snaring two grabs for 20 yards including a seven-yard touchdown strike from Andrew Luck on third-and-three. He put up a goose egg after halftime, failing to reel in his lone second-half target. That play could have been called for pass interference on Montae Nicholson, but the refs let it slide. Ebron’s Lions tenure was mostly a disappointment, but he’s gotten off to a strong start in Indy with a touchdown in each of his first two contests. He’ll look to keep that streak going next week against Philadelphia.
Sep 16 - 5:54 PM

Jack Doyle notched two catches for 20 yards on five targets Sunday in the Colts’ Week 2 win over the Redskins.

Doyle’s first of two catches came with about a minute left in the first half. It was obviously a quiet week for Doyle, though the game script didn’t call for much throwing as the Colts led comfortably for most of the second half. With teammate Eric Ebron beginning to win Andrew Luck’s trust, Doyle will be a mere TE2 against the Eagles in Week 3.
Sep 16 - 5:53 PM

Nyheim Hines contributed seven yards and a touchdown on four carries while catching his lone target for a loss of two yards Sunday in the Colts’ Week 2 win over the Redskins.

Hines impressed with a spinning, eight-yard touchdown dash in the second quarter but was a non-factor otherwise. All but two of his touches came in the first half. Hines spent most of the afternoon working behind Jordan Wilkins and Marlon Mack and that will likely be the case again next week against the Eagles. The fourth-round rookie is just a bench stash at this point.
Sep 16 - 5:52 PM

Andrew Luck completed 21-of-31 passes for 179 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while adding two yards on four carries Sunday in the Colts’ Week 2 win over the Redskins.

He was sacked once for a two-yard loss. Luck got off to a hot start, completing four-of-five passes for 40 yards on the Colts’ opening drive including a seven-yard touchdown strike to tight end Eric Ebron. He had his most success throwing to T.Y. Hilton, connecting seven times for 83 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown came on a two-yard bunny with 7:32 remaining in the fourth quarter. Luck endured his share of struggles despite the victory. He was intercepted twice, both by safety D.J. Swearinger. The first pick was on a ball tipped at the line of scrimmage but the second came on a pass Luck never should have thrown as Swearinger read his eyes the whole way. Sunday marked Luck’s first win as a starter since Week 17 of 2016. He’ll try to make it two in a row next week when the Colts travel to Philadelphia to take on the reigning World Champs.
Sep 16 - 5:14 PM

Marlon Mack logged 10 carries for 34 yards while snaring one-of-two targets for two yards Sunday in the Colts’ Week 2 victory over the Redskins.

He led the backfield with nine touches in the first half but ceded most of the second-half carries to rookie Jordan Wilkins. Mack looked healthy in his return from a hamstring injury but was outperformed by Wilkins, who averaged an impressive 6.1 yards per carry. As expected, the Colts’ backfield has devolved into a full-on timeshare between Mack, Wilkins and Nyheim Hines. It’s only going to get messier once goal-line back Robert Turbin returns from his four-game PED suspension. Mack gets the Eagles on the road in Week 3.
Sep 16 - 5:13 PM

Jordan Wilkins tallied 61 yards on 10 carries while collecting two catches for three yards on two targets Sunday in the Colts’ Week 2 win over Washington.

Wilkins left briefly after tweaking his ankle in the second quarter but the injury didn’t seem to bother him in the second half. The fifth-round rookie failed to impress in last week’s debut against Cincinnati (2.9 yards per carry) but he did a nice job of moving the chains in this one. His 18-yard scamper with under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter essentially sealed the win for Indy. Wilkins out-touched teammate Marlon Mack by a slim 12-11 margin, though he held a decisive edge in yards from scrimmage (64-36). The Colts seem committed to using a timeshare at running back, so we’d expect similar usage for both players next week against the Eagles.
Sep 16 - 5:11 PM

T.Y. Hilton racked up seven catches for 83 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets Sunday in the Colts’ Week 2 win over the Redskins.

He came out gunning with five catches for 71 yards in the first half. It didn’t show up in the box score, but Hilton also drew a long pass interference flag on Fabian Moreau during the second quarter. Hilton was the intended receiver on the second of Andrew Luck’s two interceptions, though Luck deserves most of the blame for forcing a bad pass into tight coverage. His fourth-quarter touchdown couldn’t have come much easier as Hilton found himself wide open on a shallow cross. Hilton is already reaping the benefits of Luck’s return after showing little chemistry with backup Jacoby Brissett last season. T.Y. gets a tough draw at Philadelphia next week, but is still worth considering as a borderline WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Sep 16 - 5:09 PM

Ryan Grant delivered two catches for 30 yards on two targets Sunday in the Colts’ Week 2 victory over Washington.

So much for Grant’s #RevengeGame. He wasn’t even targeted until the fourth quarter. A week after securing a career-high eight catches, Grant was pretty much an afterthought in this one, drawing fewer targets than teammates T.Y. Hilton, Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron and Chester Rogers. Grant can be avoided in a tough matchup next week at Philadelphia.
Sep 16 - 5:07 PM

Jordan Wilkins left Sunday's Week 2 game against the Redskins with an ankle injury and is questionable to return.

He went down about midway through the second quarter. Wilkins delivered 25 yards on five carries along with one catch for no gain upon exiting. With Wilkins banged up, Indy's backfield reps will be split between Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines.
Sep 16 - 2:23 PM

Colts declared OT Anthony Castonzo, DT Denico Autry, DE Tarell Basham, OT Denzelle Good, RB Christine Michael, CB Chris Milton and CB Lenzy Pipkins inactive for Week 2 against the Redskins.

He was ruled out earlier this week after aggravating his hamstring at practice. Le'Raven Clark will fill in for Castonzo at left tackle. S Clayton Geathers (knee), WR Ryan Grant (chest), RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) and DT Grover Stewart (shoulder) are all active for Sunday's game in Landover.
Source: colts.com
Sep 16 - 11:38 AM

Marlon Mack (hamstring) is active for Week 2 against the Redskins.

Mack will make his season debut Sunday after missing Week 1 with a hamstring pull. He figures to lead the Colts' backfield committee against Washington. With Mack back from injury, Christine Michael was made a healthy scratch for Week 2.
Source: colts.com
Sep 16 - 11:35 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there is "optimism" Marlon Mack (questionable, hamstring) will play Week 2 against the Redskins.

Mack should be ready for Sunday after sitting out last week's opener, though he'll test out his injured hammy in warmups to make sure. Look for Mack to lead Indy's backfield committee against the Redskins. His return is a downgrade for Jordan Wilkins, who soaked up a team-leading 17 touches in last week's loss to Cincinnati.
Sep 16 - 8:10 AM

Marlon Mack (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Friday.

It's the first time Mack has fully practiced since initially straining his hamstring in the preseason. He'll join a jumbled backfield that includes rookie Jordan Wilkins (14-40 in Week 1), Nyheim Hines (5-19 and 7-33 through the air), and Christine Michael (2-9). Despite his boom-or-bust style of running, Mack can take hold of this backfield with a single stellar outing.
Sep 14 - 2:36 PM


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