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Indianapolis Colts star Shaquille Leonard suffers concussion in return to action

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Indianapolis Colts All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard missed the first three games of the 2022 campaign after undergoing off-season back surgery.

One of the NFL’s top defenders returned to action on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Unfortunately, Leonard suffered a head injury on a collision with teammate Zaire Franklin in the first half. Almost immediately, Leonard was ruled out with a concussion.

As the following photo shows, Leonard was bloody on the field before making his way to the medical tent and ultimately the locker room.

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Shaquille Leonard’s latest injury and impact on the Indianapolis Colts

Shaquille Leonard
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Not only is Leonard out for the remainder of Indianapolis’ Week 4 outing, he’ll most likely miss Thursday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Given the short week and the NFL being placed under a microscope due to its handling of the Tua Tagovailoa injury, it’s unreasonable to believe that Leonard will suit up against Denver.

A four-time All-Pro performer, Leonard is one of the game’s best linebackers. His absence will be felt big time as it was through the first three games of the season.

  • Shaquille Leonard stats (2021): 122 tackles, 8 forced fumbles, 4 INT, 79.6 QB rating allowed

With Leonard sidelined for the first three games of the season, Indianapolis’ scoring defense ranked in the middle of the pack. The team entered Sunday’s game with a mediocre 1-1-1 record. It also gave up 24 first-half points to the Titans on Sunday.