UPDATE: Shaquille Leonard's Season Over
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.
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.