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Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard starts training camp on PUP roster after back surgery in June


INDIANAPOLIS – Colts All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard has been placed on the active/physically unable to play list, meaning he will be sidelined when the team begins training camp practices this week.

Leonard underwent back surgery in June to fix an unspecified issue that seemed to have at least something to do with his persistent lower leg pain. The team currently hasn’t set a timetable for their return to training, a source told ESPN. Active/PUP players can be activated anytime before the final roster cuts on August 30.

Coach Frank Reich attempted to explain Leonard’s status at the end of the team’s mandatory minicamp in June.

“From what I understood from talking to the coaches, at some level, yes, everything is linked at one level or another,” Reich said, referring to back and leg injuries. “But my conversation with the coaches was [that there is] maybe a connection, but they are different wounds.”

Leonard underwent ankle surgery during the 2021 offseason and suffered constant pain during the 2021 season. The team hoped he would be painless in 2022, but Leonard’s current status creates further uncertainty.

The Colts also placed defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis, safety Rodney McLeod and wide receiver Mike Strachan on the active/PUP roster on Sunday. Defensive tackle Eric Johnson II has been placed on the active/non-football injury list.

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