Colts All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard faces back surgery

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Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich said Darius Leonard was scheduled to have back surgery on Tuesday, but the All-Pro linebacker is expected to be ready for the season opener.

Leonard also underwent an ankle operation in June after making 122 tackles in 2021 and being named to the All-Pro Team for the third time while earning his third Pro Bowl selection.

The 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year is expected to miss the beginning of training camp next month.

"Not sure on the timetable now, but in my mind as long as he’s ready for the regular season, I'm not concerned," Reich said.

Since being drafted by Indianapolis with the fourth pick of the second round (36th overall) in 2018, Leonard is second in the NFL with 538 tackles and tied for second in the league with 17 forced fumbles.

Leonard’s 11 interceptions since the beginning of the 2018 season are the most by any linebacker in the NFL.

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