UPDATE: Shaquille Leonard's Season Over

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard
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NFL Week 10 - According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Shaquille Leonard underwent successful back surgery, which also means that his 2022 season is officially over. Leonard, who underwent back surgery over the summer and has been up-and-down with injuries for most of the season, hopes that this procedure will permanently fix the issue.  

Original Story:

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard is officially headed to the injured reserve, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  

Leonard underwent back surgery during the offseason, which forced him to miss the first three games of the season. Leonard played just 16 snaps in Week 4 before being pulled for a broken nose and concussion. Leonard missed the next three weeks with the additional. Now, according to Rapoport, Leonard has faced a setback with his back injury during practice, and his IR stint will require him to miss at minimum an additional four games.

Even though Leonard was not listed on the injury report for the games he played in Weeks 8 and 9, he was clearly played less than he typically would if healthy. Leonard played 39% of defensive snaps in Week 8 against the Washington Commanders and 54% of defensive snaps against the New England Patriots. He finished those two games with seven combined tackles, as well as an interception in Week 8.


6 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2022, 1:29am

#1 by turbohappy // Nov 15, 2022 - 3:40pm

Hope he can get healthy. Both for football and beyond. I've heard some people say that you'll never be right again if you have to have the surgery he had initially and this season hasn't done anything to prove those people wrong.

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#5 by serutan // Nov 15, 2022 - 7:51pm

Me too.   Unfortunately, from my highly unscientific/non-expert observations once you start having back problems they pretty much seem to be there forever.  They can be controlled to some extent but that's about it.

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#2 by Paul R // Nov 15, 2022 - 4:02pm

In other Colts news, coach Jeff Saturday has called up sophomore Skippy Hendershott from Boise Central High School to replace the injured Leonard. The 5'5", 152-pound Hendershott is the star of his school's flag football team and coach Saturday says he sees "a great future" for him if he keeps his Geometry grades up.

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#3 by ImNewAroundThe… // Nov 15, 2022 - 6:49pm

Career low 40.6 grade but still key defensive player

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#6 by turbohappy // Nov 16, 2022 - 1:29am

In reply to by ImNewAroundThe…

Colts defense is still pretty good this year, but doesn't generate very many turnovers. Not sure how much is Bradley's scheme and how much is no Leonard, who has been a turnover machine since entering the league (he even has one this year despite playing less than two games and looking way off when he was out there). 

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