Darius Leonard earns AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (53) drops into coverage during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

INDIANAPOLIS – A busy night against the New England Patriots produced another award for Darius Leonard.

The Indianapolis Colts’ veteran linebacker has been named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in their 27-17 win over the Patriots Saturday night.

“He’s the best linebacker in football,’’ teammate DeForest Buckner said.

Against the Patriots, Leonard was one of the best players on the field.

He finished with 10 tackles, including eight solos, one interception, one pass defensed and one forced fumble. He reached the 100-tackle mark for a fourth consecutive season.

This marks the fourth time Leonard has won the AFC’s weekly award and the first time since week 17 of last season.

It’s also the fifth time a Colt has been singled out this season. Leonard joins punter Rigoberto Sanchez (twice), linebacker E.J. Speed and running back Jonathan Taylor.

You can follow Mike Chappell on Twitter at @mchappell51.

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