Colts linebacker Darius Leonard looks on from the sideline during a 2019 game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Colts Friday Notebook: Darius Leonard Will Not Play Against Chiefs

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INDIANAPOLIS – Going up against one of the best teams in the NFL, the Colts know that they will be down 5 key guys, with 2 more important uncertain situations yet to be decided.


On Friday, Frank Reich ruled OUT these players: WR-Parris Campbell (abdominal), S-Clayton Geathers (concussion), S-Malik Hooker (knee), DT-Tyquan Lewis (ankle), LB-Darius Leonard (concussion).


Here are some Friday tidbits from the Colts getting ready to take on the Chiefs:


  • Darius Leonard (concussion) did not receive concussion protocol clearance this week and thus will miss Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. While this is a bit unexpected, after he practiced every day this week, we’ve seen such an occurrence happen before with guys in the protocol. The concussion protocol is a very stringent 5-step process, with the final step being clearance from an independent neurologist. Leonard will have now missed 3 straight games, rivaling Quincy Wilson’s three-week absence last year due to a concussion. Leonard has missed 3 games in his NFL career, including the last two weeks. The Colts have allowed 38, 24 and 31 points in those 3 contests.
  • Friday marked another practice for T.Y. Hilton (quad) and he is questionable for Sunday. I can’t imagine there’s been many times in Hilton’s career, if any at all, where he’s practiced twice in a week and didn’t play that Sunday. The Colts want to be careful with his injured quad though, knowing the bye week is coming. It will be interesting to see if the staff lets Hilton play in a game that means a lot to him. In Hilton’s career, the 5-10 and 183-pound wideout has missed just 5 of 115 games. His durability, which was a knock on him coming out of Florida International, has been pretty darn impressive.
  • Marlon Mack’s practice work this week closely mirrored what he did in Week Three, when he was nursing a calf injury. This ankle ailment for Mack had him missing Wednesday and Thursday, and then going ‘full’ on Friday. Back in Week Three, Mack then played that Sunday, logging 61 percent of the snaps, carrying the ball 16 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. That’s just slightly below the normal/expected workload for him.
  • With Clayton Geathers (concussion) and Malik Hooker (knee) officially inactive, the Colts are down their two starting safeties going up against the league’s best quarterback. Not ideal. Patrick Mahomes exposed the Colts back in January when Hooker was inactive, and late season pickup J.J. Wilcox was starting. Rookie Khari Willis is going to start at one safety spot on Sunday night. The other spot? Maybe special teamer George Odum (2 career starts)? Or a position switch this week for Quincy Wilson? If Wilson is going to get any safety action, that means the Colts need Rock Ya-Sin (hip) healthy for Sunday, with the rookie missing the final two days of practice this week. Whoever is back there at safety, that duo will be tested by the big armed Mahomes.
  • That abdominal injury for WR-Parris Campbell flared up after he finished the Oakland game, because the rookie has been ruled OUT. Frank Reich announced on Friday that Campbell had a procedure on his abdominal. The Colts’ wideout depth continues to be tested. Your healthy receivers for Sunday: Deon Cain, Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers, Ashton Dulin (with a banged up T.Y. Hilton). No Campbell, probably means an increased role for Rogers in the slot.
  • It looks like the betting line has the Colts as underdogs, right around 10 or 11, for Sunday night. Since 2000, the Colts are 1-16 as double-digit underdogs. The one win came in 2013 over the 49ers, in a 27-7 victory (Trent Richardson’s debut!!!). They’ve covered in 8 of those 17 games.
  • All week long, the Colts have gushed about what Kansas City can do offensively, especially the pre-snap motion and misdirection. “Before we even played them last year, we talked about one play where I think they motioned 5 times, 3 different players. That’s not very common,” linebacker Anthony Walker said. So what goes through the Colts’ defenders minds when all of that commotion happens? “That’s going to go back to our rules,” Walker says. “We play simple schemes and everything like that, so the motions won’t really throw us off as far as who’s got who, or who is lined up where. We just have to be fundamentally sound with that.”
  • The Colts have an NFL-best 6 touchdown drives this season of at least 10 plays. That seems to be a nice recipe to use come Sunday night.
  • Considering that Tyreek Hill has caught just 2 passes all season, and has been sidelined since the season opener, these Chiefs numbers are even more impressive: 2nd in yards per game (474.8), 1st in yards per play (7.36), 1st in passing offense (373.0), 1st in interception rate (0{6b2ff7b5569ff897856daea25146c3aa8bbdaa11543b2f3ed231dcc2b0b9fe17}), 1st in sacks per pass attempt (1.91{6b2ff7b5569ff897856daea25146c3aa8bbdaa11543b2f3ed231dcc2b0b9fe17}), tied for 1st in points per game (33.8).
  • Bit of an interesting note on the Chiefs this season: In quarters 1, 3 and 4 this season, the Chiefs have been outscored 85-65. But they are outscoring teams 70-9 in the 2nd quarter.





OUT: WR-Parris Campbell (abdominal), S-Clayton Geathers (concussion), S-Malik Hooker (knee), DT-Tyquan Lewis (ankle), LB-Darius Leonard (concussion)


            Bowen Analysis: Lewis and Hooker will miss their second straight game.


QUESTIONABLE: WR-T.Y. Hilton (quad), CB-Rock Ya-Sin (hip), RB-Marlon Mack (ankle), S-Rolan Miligan (knee), LB-Anthony Walker (shoulder)


            Bowen Analysis: Milligan and Walker were added to the injury report on Friday.


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