Leonard (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game versus the Jaguars.
The rookie second-round pick has been a beast this year, racking up 114 tackles, six sacks and three pass breakups in 10 games. He'll get a juicy matchup against non-traditional starters, as quarterback Cody Kessler gets the nod over Blake Bortles and running back T.J. Yeldon starts in lieu of Leonard Fournette (suspension).
Leonard progressed nicely throughout the week, going from not practicing Wednesday to practicing in a limited capacity Thursday to practicing fully Friday. That progression likely means that Leonard will play Sunday. If the rookie does miss time, however, Zaire Franklin would likely see an increase in work.
Leonard (shoulder/knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Leonard was upgraded to a limited practice Thursday after having been sidelined to begin the week. The rookie second-round pick briefly exited Indianapolis' win over the Dolphins in Week 12, in which he recorded 10 tackles and a sack while picking up shoulder and knee injuries. If Leonard is unable to suit up against the Jaguars on Sunday, expect Zaire Franklin to receive an increased defensive workload.
Leonard recorded 10 tackles (nine solo) and one sack across 48 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
Even though he briefly left the contest after twisting his leg, Leonard managed to return to the field and lead the Colts in tackles. He also now has a sack in each of the past two games, bringing his season total to six. The rookie is leading the Colts' defensive line in reps and is emerging as a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate.
Leonard has returned to Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Well, that didn't last long. Leonard twisted his leg and hobbled to the locker room, but was checked out, tested his knee and is already back in action in the first quarter. His return is huge for the Colts' defense.
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