Colts’ Shaquille Leonard to Be Placed on Injured Reserve

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard in October 2022
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard in October 2022. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/Shutterstock (13581994b)

The Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard is set to be placed on injured reserve as his road to recovery from an offseason back injury suffered another setback. As a result, Leonard will miss at least four of the Colts’ remaining games.

Leonard stated that something “felt different” with his back and nerve-related issues during Wednesday’s workout, thereby prompting the player to end his session early. Interim head coach Jeff Saturday expanded on this, stating that the medical staff has performed scans on him and has evaluated him further to determine the root of the problem.

Several months ago, doctors confined that Leonard has been suffering from an impinged nerve in his back, thereby resulting in lower back pain for the linebacker. Prior to the latest development, Leonard felt as if he had been making smooth progress in his recovery.

“Each week I’ve felt better, starting from my first week of practice, not being able to move and being stiff,” Leonard stated. “In the past two games, I see myself moving around better. But we’re still not there. The nerve still isn’t firing in my calf.”