The Indianapolis Colts went into full swing training camp preparing for the start of the regular season, and they did so without star linebacker Shaquille Leonard.
Maniac had back surgery in the offseason to fix a disc/nerve problem that was also causing problems with his calf and ankle. He started training camp on the pup list and has stayed there ever since.
Head coach Frank Reich told reporters on Wednesday that nothing would happen with his return.
“No, I mean he’s doing great. He really got into it on the pitch, staying locked into what we do sketchy. Really stays in tune with the team, the guys and everything, and I know that he continues to have a good rehab – there is progress, but we are still not in that mode. I don’t think it’s inevitable, but I think he’s making progress,” Reich said on Tuesday.
The Colts initially believed that Leonard would be ready for the start of the regular season, and while that’s still a possibility, it’s hard not to ask questions about whether he’ll be available.
Leonard is the heart of the defense, so the Colts won’t want to rush him back, but they’ll need Maniac if the unit is going to take a step forward in 2022.
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