Former Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard (53) covers Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) as he goes to the turf Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Eagles, LB Shaquille Leonard agree to one-year deal

Free agent linebacker Shaquille Leonard agreed Monday to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

His contract becomes official after Leonard completes a physical, which could be more than a check-the-box medical appointment.

Leonard was waived by the Colts two days before Thanksgiving and since met with the Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Leonard, who started nine games this season, submitted to a review of his medical history during a visit with Dallas, according to franchise owner Jerry Jones.

Leonard was limited to three games in 2022. He had season-ending back surgery last November.

Philadelphia (10-2) pursued Leonard almost immediately due to injuries at the position and a personal history between the 28-year-old and Eagles coach Nick Sirianni from his time in Indianapolis.

Eagles middle linebacker Nakobe Dean is on injured reserve and Zach Cunningham (hamstring) underwent testing to determine the severity of his injury this week. Christian Elliss replaced Cunningham in the lineup.

Leonard became the highest-paid linebacker in the league in August 2021 when he signed a five-year, $98.5 million extension. The Colts are on the hook for nearly $27 million in dead-cap money.

A three-time All-Pro, Leonard has totaled 614 tackles, 17 forced fumbles, 15 sacks and 12 interceptions in 70 games (68 starts) since Indianapolis drafted him in the second round in 2018.

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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard (53) warms up Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, ahead of a game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Colts waive LB Shaquille Leonard

The Indianapolis Colts waived three-time All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard on Tuesday.

Leonard broke the news of his own release Tuesday afternoon on social media by thanking the Colts fans.

“I want to thank you for accepting me and my family with open arms,” Leonard wrote on Twitter. “These past 6 years has been nothing but incredible! Through the good times and bad time y’all stood by my side. I apologize for not bringing that trophy back to the 317.

“The energy in Lucas Oil has been nothing but amazing and I thank you for every memory. I’m thankful to play for such an amazing fan base. I love you guys and wish the Colts nothing but the best. Maniac out.”

Leonard, a 28-year-old South Carolina native, has 65 tackles in nine games (all starts) this season.

“Colts Nation will always remember The Maniac’s palpable energy on the field with each tackle, interception, punchout and fumble recovery,” Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay said. “Off the field, he’s a servant leader and assisted numerous families in both his hometown and the Indianapolis community. We’re thankful for Shaq and the contributions he made to our organization. We wish him and his beautiful family the best moving forward.”

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Leonard has totaled 614 tackles, 17 forced fumbles, 15 sacks and 12 interceptions in 70 games (68 starts) since Indianapolis drafted him in the second round in 2018.

“Shaq is the ultimate competitor and has been a fan favorite since he arrived as a rookie in 2018,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said. “We are incredibly grateful for his contributions to the team and the city of Indianapolis over the last six seasons. We wish him the best and he will always be a valued member of the Horseshoe.”

The Colts (5-5) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) on Sunday.

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The Indianapolis Colts Shaquille Leonard (53) gets hyped up for practice between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on Wed. Aug. 16, 2023, at Grand Park in Westfield Ind.

Reports: Colts’ Shaquille Leonard clears concussion protocol

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol, according to multiple reports.

The three-time All-Pro practiced on Wednesday and is on track for Sunday’s home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Leonard, 28, was injured during a joint practice session with the Chicago Bears on Aug. 16.

He was limited to three games last season due to a back injury, a broken nose and a concussion. He posted 11 tackles and one interception.

Leonard has 549 tackles, 17 forced fumbles, 15 sacks and 12 interceptions in 61 games (59 starts) since the Colts drafted him in the second round in 2018.

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Sep 11, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA;  Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) scores a touchdown against Houston Texans Houston Texans safety Jonathan Owens (36) in the fourth quarter  at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. ‘ready to go’ vs. Chiefs

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. will return from a one-game injury absence to play against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, coach Frank Reich announced Friday.

“Ready to go,” Reich said on Friday of Pittman, who sat out the Colts’ 24-0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend due to a quadriceps injury.

Pittman, 24, caught nine passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis’ season-opening 20-20 tie with the Houston Texans on Sept. 11.

Rookie wideout Alec Pierce is expected to play against the Chiefs after clearing concussion protocol, per Reich.

Pierce, 22, sat out last week’s game after being injured during the season opener against the Texans. He was a second-round pick of the Colts in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Reich also announced three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Shaquille Leonard will not make his season debut on Sunday as he works his way back from offseason back surgery.

“Nothing has happened to set it back,” Reich said. “Everything has been positive. We knew it was going to be like this. … Everything has been according to plan. This is a tough injury. He’s handling it the right way. He has the right attitude.”

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Aug 20, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA;   Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Alec Pierce (14) catches the ball during pregame warm-up before the game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Mandatory Credit: Grace Hollars-USA TODAY Sports

Colts LB Shaquille Leonard, WR Alec Pierce out vs. Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard and rookie wide receiver Alec Pierce have been ruled out of this weekend’s road game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Frank Reich said Friday.

Leonard, who underwent back surgery in the offseason, missed the Colts’ 20-20 tie to the Houston Texans last Sunday.

Reich, however, said the three-time Pro Bowl selection was making progress after being a full participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. The Colts held a walkthrough on Friday.

Pierce sustained a concussion during the season opener. The second-round pick did not practice Wednesday and was listed as a limited participant in the following day’s practice.

Per Reich, wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (quadriceps) will be listed as questionable on the injury report.

Pittman sat out practice on Thursday, four days after reeling in nine catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in the season opener.

Cornerback Kenny Moore II (hip) and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (hip) will be listed as questionable on the injury report, Reich said.

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