Riley Leonard injury: Severity, potential timeline for Duke QB reportedly surfaces
Riley Leonard avoided a serious ankle injury after being sacked late in Duke’s loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel on Sunday, the injury is not season-ending.
According to further reporting by Thamel on Sunday, Leonard has a high ankle sprain. He has “a realistic chance of returning later this month,” per Thamel.
The junior dual-threat quarterback was 12-of-27 for 134 yards against the Fighting Irish, throwing a touchdown and an interception. He also ran 18 times for 88 yards.
For the season, he has thrown for 912 yards, 3 touchdowns, and has been picked twice, while running 47 times for 326 yards and 4 touchdowns.
With Leonard set to miss some time, the Blue Devils appear ready to turn to Henry Belin IV, a redshirt freshman from New York City. A former 3-star recruit, he came on in relief of Leonard against Lafayette on Sept. 9, going 8-for-8 for 114 yards and a touchdown. He also came in against Northwestern a week later.
Duke (4-1, 1-0 ACC) is on a bye week this upcoming week. It hosts NC State on Oct. 14 and then travels to Florida State on Oct. 21. The month closes out with a road game at Louisville on Oct. 28.