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Colts LB Darius Leonard clears concussion protocol

Darius Leonard

The Indianapolis Colts managed to pull off quite the upset over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5. It seems the defense will now be closer to returning to full strength with the return of linebacker Darius Leonard.

Leonard has been sidelined since suffering a concussion in Week 2. According to Zak Keefer of The Athletic, he is slated to make his return against the Houston Texans:

Good news for the Colts: Darius Leonard, reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year, says on Instagram he’s been cleared to play. Will be back vs. Houston on Oct. 20.

This is certainly an encouraging update for the Colts. The timing of his return certainly works out with the team going on their bye week. This should allow him some extra time to get better acclimated after missing the last three games.

Leonard had been coming off a stellar 2018 campaign in which he led the NFL in tackles en route to Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. He managed to pick up where he left off by recording 18 tackles and a sack in the first two games of the 2019 NFL season prior to his injury. His return will undoubtedly provide a healthy boost to this defense.

Regardless, it was still encouraging to see that this group was able to step up without a number of key starters against the Chiefs. They found a way to contain quarterback Patrick Mahomes despite the absence of Leonard along with safeties Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker.

The Colts’ defense will now be looking to kick things up a notch against a high-powered Texans’ offense coming out of the bye week.