Riley Leonard reportedly gets positive news after suffering ankle injury vs. Notre Dame
Riley Leonard suffered what appeared to be a serious ankle injury in Duke’s loss to Notre Dame on Saturday night.
However, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, Leonard received some initial good news on Sunday. His injury is not expected to be season-ending, although an exact timeline for his return has not yet been set.
Sources: Early read on Duke QB Riley Leonard’s right ankle injury is that it’s not season ending. Leonard got hurt on a sack late in the Notre Dame game and left the field on crutches after the game. A more specific timeline should emerge in upcoming days. pic.twitter.com/UlW6t68Asd
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 1, 2023
Leonard was tremendous in Duke’s loss to the Fighting Irish. He led a late touchdown drive that gave Duke a chance to win, but the Blue Devils couldn’t get one more stop on defense in the 4th quarter.
Leonard has also established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC and as a potential top draft pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Losing him for an extended period of time would be devastating for the Blue Devils’ chances of competing in the ACC.
Duke is idle in Week 6, so Mike Elko will have some time to prepare his offense for the possibility that Leonard could miss some time with this injury.
Duke will host NC State in Week 6.