Colts Monday Notebook: Darius Leonard In Concussion Protocol

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Colts Monday Notebook: Darius Leonard In Concussion Protocol

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Colts Monday Notebook: Darius Leonard In Concussion Protocol

On Monday, Frank Reich provided a few key injury updates on some Colts defenders. And he also gave an update on Chad Kelly’s situation.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The first player in concussion protocol for the 2019 Colts happens to be their most important defensive player.

 

Frank Reich said on Monday that Darius Leonard developed concussion symptoms after Sunday’s game, in which the All-Pro linebacker played all 60 defensive snaps and led the team with 10 tackles.

 

Leonard is now in concussion protocol and will have to complete all 5 of the NFL’s protocol steps to play on Sunday against the Falcons.

 

It’s really hard to gauge or predict if Leonard will be able to clear the protocol. Clearly, the concussion wasn’t enough to take him out for any snap on Sunday.

 

In 2018, the Colts had 6 players go into the concussion protocol following a Sunday game. Two of those six guys passed through the protocol in time for the game the following Sunday.

 

This Wednesday will be an important day to gauge where Leonard is at in the protocol.

 

When Marlon Mack and Eric Ebron both were in the concussion protocol last season, and returned in a week, they were limited on the Wednesday practice day.

 

Besides the Leonard news, here are a few more updates from Reich’s Monday conference call:

 

  • After a few injury comments, Reich quickly reiterated his strong stance in the sand for Adam Vinatieri. Here are more details on the Colts sticking with their kicker, and Vinatieri not returning on Monday.
     
  • The Colts have made a decision on Chad Kelly, but they will let things play out in the next 24-to-48 hours before a roster decision become official. “Chris and I did have a discussion, a lengthy discussion, on that this morning,” Reich said on Monday. “That move will be forthcoming in the next day or two.” Either the Colts will promote Kelly to their 53-man roster (which could be tougher given the new injuries defensively) or they will expose the quarterback to waivers, thus allowing any of the other 31 teams to be able to claim him.
     
  • Couple of defensive injury notes: CB-Pierre Desir (knee) left in the third quarter on Sunday. Reich isn’t ready to put a ‘day-to-day’ or ‘week-to-week’ classification on the veteran corner’s status. And it sounds like DE-Jabaal Sheard (knee) is still probably (at least) another week away from game action, but his practice return could occur this week: “We are hoping for continued progress,” Reich said of Sheard. “He did get the one day last week, where he was able to do a little bit and workout on the side. We might anticipate him taking the next step and being out there a little bit this week.”
     
  • While Reich acknowledged the offense wasn’t perfect in Sunday’s win, they were outstanding in the critical areas of third down (7-of-14) and in the red zone (3-of-3). “That turns out to be the key in the game,” Reich accurately said on Monday, “Going 3-for-3 in the red zone and being a good situational football team.” A blueprint of running the football well and excelling situationally is something Reich wants to repeat a lot in 2019.
     
  • Reich said he is looking for more clarification from Al Riveron, the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Officiating, on the ‘clapping’ false start penalty that Jacoby Brissett got on Sunday. That’s been a rule emphasis here in 2019, keeping quarterbacks from using that motion in an aggressive manner to try and possibly draw a defender offsides. “We obviously are going to adhere by the rules, whatever they are,” Reich said on Monday.
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