The Indianapolis Colts placed star linebacker Darius Leonard on the reserve/COVID-19 list hours ahead of their Christmas Day game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Indianapolis Colts are dealing with a bit of a COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier this week they had to place starting offensive guards Quenton Nelson and Mark Glowinski on the reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning that they would miss the team’s Christmas Day game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Now, the list has grown even more, just hours ahead kickoff.
On Saturday, the Colts announced that they placed linebacker Darius Leonard, wide receiver Zach Pascal and safety Khari Willis on the reserve/COVID-19 list. That means they will all miss the Cardinals game..
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Leonard tested positive, and will be away from the team for the next 10 days due to the fact that he is unvaccinated. Because of this, he will miss the Christmas Day game and Indianapolis’ Week 17 game against the Las Vegas Raiders
Leonard has been the stalwart of Indianapolis’ defense this season. Just last week against the New England Patriots, Leonard recorded a huge interception off quarterback Mac Jones. Now, he will be out for two crucial games, as the Colts look to push closer to a playoff berth.
On the year, Leonard recorded 107 total tackles, seven defended passes, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions.
Pascal played in all 14 of Indianapolis’ games this season, where he caught 36-of-65 targets for 369 yards and three touchdowns.
Willis appeared in nine games this season (eight starts), where he logged 54 total tackles, four defended passes and two interceptions.
With this latest update, the Colts now have seven players on the COVID-19 list, and they will all be out for their Christmas Day game.