According to their head coach Frank Reich, the injuries to Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (back) and cornerback Xavier Rhodes (leg) sustained in Sunday’s blowout victory against the Las Vegas Raiders don’t appear to be serious.
However, the team will continue to monitor each defensive standout as the week progresses (via The Athletic’s Zak Keefer):
Colts injury updates: Darius Leonard (back) and Xavier Rhodes (leg) don't appear to be serious, per Frank Reich. Team will monitor as the week progresses but doesn't sound like it'll keep them from playing Sunday vs. Houston.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) December 14, 2020
While each could be limited/unavailable during team practices to start the week, it sounds like both will ultimately ‘be a go’ for Sunday’s showdown against the Houston Texans.
Prior to leaving prematurely, Leonard led the Colts with 11 tackles (8 solo) and a tackle for loss during this past weekend’s convincing win against the Las Vegas Raiders, while Rhodes added a tackle—as the veteran corner was targeted three times in coverage but only surrendered one reception for 6 receiving yards and an NFL passer rating of 42.4 (via PFF).
Even though the Texans (4-9) have fallen off this season, the Colts are neck-and-neck with the Tennessee Titans (also 9-4) for AFC South supremacy—making this a must-win game for Indianapolis as it hosts Houston—as far as the Horseshoe’s divisional title hopes go.
Having two of the defense’s best players this season: Leonard and Rhodes should certainly help their cause in winning a critical football game against a familiar AFC South foe.