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Colts LB Shaq Leonard out for TNF Week 5 vs. Broncos with concussion, fractured nose

Leonard is dealing with multiple big injuries. What it means for Week 5 and beyond.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts assistant athletic trainer Kyle Davis tends to linebacker Shaquille Leonard after a play against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Wednesday update: The Colts have formally ruled Leonard out for Thursday’s game against the Broncos.

The Indianapolis Colts are likely to be without star linebacker Shaq Leonard for their Week 5 contest against the Denver Broncos, as he is dealing with a fractured nose and concussion. Given the recent scrutiny surrounding the NFL’s concussion protocol, it’s hard to see Leonard get cleared on a short week against Denver.

Fantasy football implications

The Colts have been solid defensively for the most part this season. They held a potent Kansas City offense to just 17 points, and are currently sitting in 14th in points allowed per game. With Leonard likely out, look for Zaire Williams and Bobby Okereke to have a bigger role in Indianapolis’ defensive game plan. The Colts don’t actually have a linebacker listed behind Leonard on the depth chart, so we’ll see how head coach Frank Reich devises the game plan against Russell Wilson and a Broncos offense waiting to erupt.