Leonard, who was the league’s leading tackler in 2018 and an All-Pro selection, had a procedure on his ankle that will sideline him for up to six weeks. He’ll miss the rest off the team’s offseason programs for the second year in a row — which includes minicamp and OTAs — but will be set to return by training camp. According to Ballard, Leonard had sustained the injury early in the season but managed to appear in 15 regular-season games.
On a less serious note, Ebron had surgery on his groin back in early April and isn’t expected to miss extended time. Ebron finished up a career-year in his first season with the Colts; setting an Indy record with 13 receiving touchdowns while racking up 66 catches and 750 yards.
The Colts also announced on Tuesday that they’ve signed edge rusher Dadi Nicolas, who was most recently a member of the Washington Redskins. A 2016 sixth-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs — where and when Ballard served as the Director of Football Operations — Nicolas played all of his 11 career appearances in his rookie season before an injury sent him to the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list in 2017.
Along with the signing, the Colts waived cornerback Jamal Peters with an injury settlement. The Mississippi State product was signed on May 3, 2019 as an undrafted free agent.