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Colts’ Shaquille Leonard Could Miss Rest of Season

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Indianapolis Colts All-Professional linebacker Shaquille Leonard, who was positioned on injured reserve Saturday, could nicely have performed his final loss in 2022.

Leonard is because of meet with neck surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles on Monday to assist decide if he can play once more this season, league sources informed ESPN.

With Leonard already off a four-game minimal due to the IR transfer and the Colts with simply eight video games left, there’s an growing likelihood that he might be shut down in 2022 and intend to return in 2023, in keeping with a supply.

Colts caretaker coach Jeff on Saturday mentioned on Friday that Leonard did not end his observe Wednesday as a result of one thing “felt totally different” with the again and nerve points he is been coping with since going by means of surgical procedure in June.

“They’ve examined him and are working with him, evaluating him,” Saturday mentioned of the Colts’ medical workers.

Leonard has performed in simply three video games this season. He made his debut in Week 4, however suffered a damaged nostril and a concussion in that sport after a collision that doubled his face masks. Leonard returned to motion in Week 8 however will now be sidelined once more after taking part in within the Colts’ final two video games.

It was a number of irritating months for Leonard, as docs found he had a nerve in his again that was inflicting ache in his decrease physique. Leonard expanded on the gradual progress earlier this week.

“Each week I really feel higher, since my first week of coaching, not having the ability to transfer and being stiff,” he mentioned. “The final two video games I see myself transferring higher. However we’re not there but. The nerve is not capturing up in my calf but.”

ESPN’s Stephen Holder contributed to this report.

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