The Colts’ rookie star linebacker keeps racking up awards. This time he was awarded the NFL’s Rookie of the Month for September.
Darius Leonard has been a bright spot for the Colts this season. He has played spectacularly through his first four NFL games. So much so that he was Defensive Rookie of the Week after week 2. Now he has added another national award to his mantle.
Leonard was named as the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month. In his first four games, he has recorded 54 tackles, 4 sacks, and a forced fumbled and fumble recovery. He has been all over the field and the ball in every single game.
The Colts hope that continues all season long. Whether that continues tonight though is a mystery. He is listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Patriots. If he isn’t out there, the Colts defense will suffer greatly. They already have too many injuries to deal with.
Leonard has done a great job adjusting to the NFL game coming out of South Carolina State. He has studied and worked hard every second since he got to Indy. He is also extremely coachable. All of the coaches on the coaching staff rave about this guy and how good he could become.
The concern is for him to stay healthy. He has an ankle injury that he suffered on Sunday that required a walking boot after the game. The Colts want to make sure that they protect their start rookie and prevent him from suffering any other injury that could make it worse.
If Colts fans are lucky, they will see him out there tonight as they take on their arch nemesis. But if not, they can take solace in the fact that they finally have a defensive star on the roster.