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Jets rolling, but they lose Jim Leonhard

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The Jets grabbed a 14-3 lead over the Chiefs in the second quarter with the help of an interception by safety Jim Leonhard, but it came with a cost.

Leonhard picked off a typically awful Tyler Palko pass intended for Steve Breaston, but hurt his right leg while trying to get away from Breaston on the return. He stayed down on the field for a short while, needed to be helped off the field and then pounded his fist on a cart while being wheeled to the locker room. Leonhard missed most of the second half of last season with a broken leg and this looked like another serious injury.

The Jets have announced Leonhard will not return, leaving them lacking at two spots. They are thin at safety, with only Eric Smith and Brodney Pool available to step into the lineup, and Leonhard has taken over as punt returner after a parade of other Jets candidates fumbled away chances over the last few weeks. Replacing Leonhard will be crucial if the Jets want to continue their playoff push in the final weeks of the season.

 

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10 Responses to “Jets rolling, but they lose Jim Leonhard”
  1. tellemallrex says: Dec 11, 2011 2:02 PM

    The way he reacted, he’s done. Big loss!

  2. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 11, 2011 2:05 PM

    Huge loss. Because they’ve won all those Super Bowls with him. What are they going to do now? No ThreePeat?

  3. masochisticjetsfan says: Dec 11, 2011 2:05 PM

    That sound you here is every jets fan collectively yelling “NOOOOO” while imagining Eric Smith playing every defensive snap for the rest of the season.

  4. wtf_seriously says: Dec 11, 2011 2:09 PM

    Leonhard runs the Jets D. He went down last season just two days before the infamous Patriots beatdown. The Jets weren’t able to put anything together defensively that night because of Leonhard’s sudden absence.
    Hope it’s nothing serious.
    He’s a helluva good Jet!

  5. larrydavidstern says: Dec 11, 2011 2:12 PM

    How in the world is Palko their backup QB!? B/C anytime a QB gets cut from both the UFL and Canadian Football League u just have to sign him!

  6. 1captain1 says: Dec 11, 2011 2:16 PM

    Who?

    I bet his wife is happy with the paycheck!

  7. beedubyatoo says: Dec 11, 2011 2:16 PM

    Another former Badger.

  8. nysaysbringit says: Dec 11, 2011 2:23 PM

    Yea…it did’nt look good ..He could be done for the yr.
    OK..pile on Jet haters…..Time to hear how we wont win another game without Leonhard…right??? LOL

  9. rcali says: Dec 11, 2011 2:51 PM

    There has to be a foot joke here somewhere, right?

  10. stavreafavre says: Dec 11, 2011 3:17 PM

    Great kid. Walked on at the UW; no one thought he’d make the team, let alone become a key starter. Same thing in the NFL. Just never gives up and has freaky athleticism – still remember him, at 5’9″ or whatever, winning a slamdunk contest on campus. Hope it isn’t serious and he gets back. Tremendous “small town kid makes it in the big city” story.

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