December 1, 2022

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Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard begins PUP roster bootcamp after back surgery in June

Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard begins PUP roster bootcamp after back surgery in June

Indianapolis – Colts All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard He has been placed on the active list/physically unable to perform, which means he will be sidelined when the team begins camp training this week.

Leonard underwent back surgery in June to address an unspecified problem that appears to have at least some connection to his persistent lower leg pain. A source told ESPN that the team has not currently set a timetable for his return to the squad. Active Players/PUPs can be activated at any time before the final roster shrinks on August 30th.

Coach Frank Reich tried to explain Leonard’s condition at the end of the team’s mandatory junior camp in June.

“What I’ve understood from talking to coaches is, at some level, yes, everything is connected on one level or another,” Reich said, referring to back and lower leg injuries. “But my conversation with the coaches was [that there is] Maybe some relevance, but they are different injuries.”

Leonard underwent ankle surgery during the 2021 season and played through constant pain through the 2021 season. The team had hoped to be trouble-free going into 2022, but Leonard’s current situation creates more uncertainty.

The Colts on Sunday also put up a defensive line tycoan louissafety Rodney McLeod and the recipient Mike Strachan In the active menu / PUP. Defensive handling Eric Johnson II It was included in the list of active / non-football related injuries.