With the regular season now less than two weeks away, the Colts face an important decision regarding linebacker Shaquille Leonard. The team has the option to move him to the reserve/PUP list, but Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star notes that they are looking to avoid doing so.
Moving the 27-year-old to the reserve list would make him ineligible for the first four weeks of the season, hence the club’s hesitancy to do so. Leonard has still yet to practice this offseason, as he continues to rehab from back surgery. He was never at 100% health last season either, dealing with an ankle injury.
Team officials have been increasingly open about the possibility that Leonard won’t be able to suit up for the regular season opener. Head coach Frank Reich recently said, though, that Leonard was “preparing like he’s playing Week 1.” However, he also admitted that the three-time All-Pro would need to adjust when back on the field, as he will likely still not have recovered in full by September.
“[GM] Chris Ballard and I have not had that exact conversation yet,” Reich said, when asked about placing Leonard on the reserve/PUP list. “Based on the fact that he’s really not out there yet, I guess you’d have to say that’s a possibility, but I’m not assuming that’s the case.”
Leonard had another hugely productive season in 2021, and his absence for any length would of course be a massive blow for the Colts’ defense. The lingering back issue still clouds his readiness for the regular season opener, but Reich pointed to practice time as a reason the team could avoid sidelining him for a month.
“From our standpoint, we really want to get him back out there when he’s cleared, but even if he’s not ready to play, get him out there,” he said. “You can’t get out there if you’re on PUP. You can’t participate in anything. We want to get [Leonard] participating, so at some point, even if he’s not ready to play, we’ve got to get him off PUP and get him taking reps, even if it’s going to take him however many weeks to get ready.”
The Colts have until Tuesday to decide on Leonard’s immediate future, something which will have significant implications for himself personally and the team generally.
20 comments on “Latest On Colts’ Shaquille Leonard”
total darius move
wth y the the kicker post closed for comments? . I mean that’s messed up they never closed Watsons posts. if it’s truly closed it makes me think I might need to look for a new news app n website. I mean the guy wasn’t found guilty in a court of law nor anything yet . but gets cut which that’s wrong and it’s also wrong to write an article n close comments. I mean they let a lot of bs in the comments so it can’t get as bad a some I’ve seen that never got closed
They absolutely closed the comments on some Watson posts, and the standard for keeping someone in your employ isn’t the same as the standard for the government putting someone in prison.
what I’m saying is if ur got great talent they just to see what happens even if it true , they will still sometimes keep ya but others it’s like bye before they know anything. I mean u can go out and sue a 5th rder for no reason say he did something bad n they will just cut u . I mean we do know if he did Anything neither does the team. I mean yes put him some list till u have an investigation completed. I think it’s just stupid to cut people for things like that before the is an investigation it allows for outside manipulation of people’s jobs . I mean if it’s investigated and he was apart of what’s accused then he should be in jail and banned from the nfl just like anyone should be if they do things like that.
there are plenty of shit players have done that should get them fired or fined but yet a blind eye is turned or nothing is done
People sure do love that whole “freedom of speech is only for the government” mentality. Unless, of course, that speech agrees with that person’s point of view. Then it’s a shakedown.
Excusing that point of view in any context is shameful. I’m sorry to take such a one-sided opinion, I try not to, but that is something that I can’t stand. The death of dissent, the death of even the consideration of opposing points of view, and the fear of opposition…even in its “smallest” forms, I just can’t stand it. Living in an environment where the fear of dissent is so rampant is just suffocating, especially when there’s a chance that the right idea, or even a sense-right idea, is counter to the prevailing perspective.
I’m certain George Orwell would be giving this an upvote if he was still alive.
I invoked government about innocent until proven guilty, not about free speech. You’re being hysterical. Why should a football website be obligated to leave comments sections open on stories that inevitably bring hateful comments on subjects that aren’t really about football? And if Orwell heard about this, he’d say “What’s a website?”
Yeah, hysterical. I suppose so. I don’t believe that’s a good way to handle disagreement, but maybe that’s just me.
You’re sort of furthering my point. Of course nobody is under any obligation. But that’s where the rubber meets the road. Promoting that mindset-and I’m really not talking about leaving the comments section open, I’m really talking about the lovely increase of people adopting the “free speech is only for the government” point of view-is what’s harmful. Shrugging one’s shoulders and leaving the responsibility up to the government is a cop-out.
And, honestly, people only say that when they don’t like the point of view that’s being muzzled. They’ll happily reverse that sentiment when they’re sympathetic. Just look at comments regarding any controversial football subject, from Kaepernick to vaccine requirements to Jon Gruden to social justice support or opposition. People will happily jump sides when they disagree with what’s being said versus when they do.
This is not an issue of free speech as a criminal protection. This is an issue of us as a society embracing the idea that disagreement should be muted. If a perspective is so obviously wrong, it should speak for itself. Let it stand on its own merit. Don’t support the idea of muzzling it. Most of the time that’s the only way it gets stronger, ironically. We are entirely too afraid of disagreement and entirely too comfortable with snuffing it out.
Meh. This is in reaction to a football website not wanting to provide space for discussion of sex crimes. They’re welcome to opt out.
I think the PFR staff do an excellent job of moderating the forum (which is not always the easiest job). On the other I share a similar viewpoint as AK185. Some topics are difficult to discuss without emotions getting involved but solutions to problems will never be found in a vacuum.
Yeah, I don’t think society is going to miss out on a solution to sexual violence because of the discourse vacuum of closed PFR comments sections.
Once again you’re looking at the trees instead of the forest. The issue AK185 and I were addressing isn’t a specific topic such as sexual violence but a closed mindset that isn’t tolerant of alternate viewpoints.
In the off chance that one of the teeny weeny boys that run this site might see this, THIS IS THE LAST TIME I WILL EVER READ YOUR SITE. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF YOU. And in reply to Oooof, so it is okay to talk socialistic politics but not the “alleged sexual assault of an alleged under-age victim” (who is probably telling the truth but I also think it is an attempted cash grab. GOOD BYE SITE.
A cash grab or her only recourse after the cops and university buried it? Good riddance to you, man.
I’m not sure what the ”right” answer is when it comes to Araiza. None of us know, no matter how strongly we would like to stand on an issue. I’ve learned enough to realize that something that really seems 100% clear cut can very easily turn on its head just by learning one or two things that you didn’t know before. Without being a part of the occurrence or having investigated it firsthand, there’s no reliable way to tell anything about the situation with any certainty. I wish more people would realize that-that our opinions are just that, opinions, without any firsthand knowledge.
But, again, that’s a general concept. My point is not actually concerning the closing of comments on that article, or the value of discourse on that specific topic. My point is that it is extremely harmful to continue to endorse muting disagreement. Excusing companies or communities or schools or what not silencing opposing perspectives is what I am against. We’re too comfortable retreating into the “free speech is only for the government” mindset.
I am not discussing the staff at PFR specifically. I do not want that to be what’s understood. I believe that they mostly do a good job and allow much more discussion than competing sites. I have an issue with the idea that a commenter put forth that we on the whole should be comfortable with shutting down opposing perspectives. If civil discourse only applies to the government, there won’t end up being much to discuss. That’s all, I’ve said my peace on the subject, and I am sorry for taking up so much of your time.
Punt God got the boot.
I was like who is Shaq Leonard…lol Not a Colts fan, but I do know a Darius Leonard…Guess I didn’t get the memo that he started going by Shaquille.. (his middle name)
Oh well, anyways, wishing a speedy recovery for Leonard, he’s one of the best off-ball LB in the league right up there with Fred Warner…
I did as well, but after reading why Leonard requested the change, and the way in which he did so, i am actually very intrigued by it. It’s interesting to me that he actually went so long being referred to as “Darius” instead of his normal name as he knew it. It does make you wonder how many players or public figures are in the same boat.
I’m certainly not a public figure or anything, but I’ve gone by two names just about my entire life basically for the same reasons…
My real name is Richard, but I’ve always gone by Ricky; however, from college on in a professional or work setting I never really want to tell people to call me Ricky, so I’ve just gone by Richard.
It’s kind of funny when the two worlds meet. Like a close friend of mine and I will be hanging out somewhere in public, and then I see someone from work or from college back in the day, and they’ll be like, “Hey Richard!” To which KY friend will look at me being lime who is Richard?? lol