Darius Leonard to Undergo Back Surgery, Will Be Ready for Regular Season

Darius Leonard to Undergo Back Surgery, Will Be Ready for Regular Season
Frank Reich,

Colts coach, told reporters that Darius Leonard, star linebacker, will have back surgery Tuesday. He will also be missing some training camp time. Leonard is expected to be back by the regular season ..

“He is not going to need a second procedure on the ankle, but he is not here,” Reich said, per Olivia Ray of WISH-TV, a local television station. “Let’s get ahead of it, not let it progress further.”

Leonard had ankle surgery before last season but he played through consistent pain during the 2021 campaign. He proved once again that he is a top-tier defensive player in the NFL, despite the limitations.

The 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year racked up 122 tackles, had four interceptions and led the NFL with eight forced fumbles. After another outstanding year, he was named first-team All Pro. He was also selected to his third Pro Bowl.

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The Colts finished 9-8 and made the wild card but lost to the Bills in their lone playoff game.

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