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Report: Jim Leonhard to miss rest of season

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The Jets rolled to an easy win over the Chiefs on Sunday, but it didn’t come without a price.

According to a report from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, safety Jim Leonhard will miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury. He’ll have an MRI Monday to figure out the extent of the injury, which is suspected to be a torn ligament, but Mehta’s source says the result will be Leonhard’s absence from the lineup the rest of the way.

Leonhard was hurt while trying to run away from Steve Breaston after a first half interception in Sunday’s 37-10 victory. Breaston held onto his ankle, causing Leonhard’s leg to turn awkwardly and it was immediately evident that there was a serious injury on the play.

If the report proves correct, it will be the second straight season that ends early for Leonhard. He broke his leg in practice last season and missed the final five games of the regular season as well as the playoffs as a result.

It’s a big blow to the Jets defense which relies on Leonhard to help set the unit before the snap. They will go with Brodney Pool and the much-maligned Eric Smith as the starters the rest of the way. They will also likely turn back to rookie Jeremy Kerley on punt returns. Kerley lost the job after a fumble against the Redskins, one of several recent miscues on returns for the Jets, but the team doesn’t have much other choice at this point.

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20 Responses to “Report: Jim Leonhard to miss rest of season”
  1. bigjdve says: Dec 11, 2011 5:42 PM

    There is good news and bad news for the Jets with this.

    Bad news, Leonhard is gone for the season.

    Good news, they don’t have to explain to his wife that he got hurt on a punt return.

  2. jetsarestacked says: Dec 11, 2011 5:53 PM

    wish we didnt trade dwight lowery earlier in the year…

  3. wtf_seriously says: Dec 11, 2011 5:58 PM

    Leonhard is the glue that holds the D together.
    This is a huge blow.

    Impressive playing on both sides of the ball today. Hopeful the Jets will finish the season on an upswing!

  4. thechosenone6 says: Dec 11, 2011 6:29 PM

    Will they finally consider drafting a safety this offseason?

    This guy can’t finish a season healthy and Smith is nothing but a linebacker playing safety.
    Pool is banged up, what do they do now?
    Put Wilson at safety?

  5. hillzmickelzon says: Dec 11, 2011 6:43 PM

    Call darren sharper doesnt anyone remember that hets saints game from two years back? i just dont know if i can watch eric smith anymore i know what im gonna get No Big Plays!!!

  6. hillzmickelzon says: Dec 11, 2011 6:45 PM

    Call darren sharper doesnt anyone remember that Jets Saints game from two years back? I just dont know if i can watch eric smith anymore i know what im gonna get No Big plays!!!..

  7. jg725 says: Dec 11, 2011 6:45 PM

    they better finish on an upswing – last 3 opponents are like a combined 10-45 or something ridiculous like that

  8. nyjetsman says: Dec 11, 2011 6:51 PM

    and here comes Darren Sharper.

  9. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 11, 2011 7:31 PM

    New Jersey Jets are a slightly above average team with Leonhard and they’ll be a slightly above average team without him. They’re going nowhere without a QB anyway.

  10. mike5011ad says: Dec 11, 2011 7:39 PM

    can’t wait for an 18 game season!!!

  11. maxvv says: Dec 11, 2011 7:45 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz, I happen to live in New Jersey. I’m very proud of my state, and would be honored to see the team’s name changed to reflect the state in which they actually play.

    Can’t understand how that’s supposed to be an insult.

  12. n0hopeleft says: Dec 11, 2011 7:48 PM

    Have fun stopping Eli without him on the field Xmas Eve.

  13. descendency says: Dec 11, 2011 8:27 PM

    I was looking forward to stomping the Jets a 3rd time in the playoffs, but it looks like they won’t even make it.

  14. johnmcfarlannnn says: Dec 11, 2011 9:24 PM

    descendency says:
    Dec 11, 2011 8:27 PM
    I was looking forward to stomping the Jets a 3rd time in the playoffs, but it looks like they won’t even make it.

    ——————–
    remind me again how now it looks like they won’t even make it? pretty sure they just won while every other team competing for the final wild card spot lost today.

  15. pftfan says: Dec 11, 2011 10:22 PM

    You guys are morons…they’re called the NEW YORK Jets because they represent the NEW YORK Tri-State Area (NYC, Connecticut and New Jersey).

    No one says the New England Patriots should be called the Foxboro Patriots, they represent the collection of states known as New England, as the New York Jets (and Giants) represent their tri-state area, which is colloquially known as New York.

    New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island all serve as one large suburb to NYC. So no, they are not the New Jersey Jets or New Jersey Giants.

    I don’t understand why no one outside of the New York tri-state area gets this.

  16. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 11, 2011 11:46 PM

    @maxvv
    Why do you think I’m trying to insult New Jersey? Maybe you have an inferiority complex or something. I call them the New Jersey Jets because that’s where the team plays. No insult at all. They represent Jersey. The only true NY team is the Bills. Just a fact.

  17. maxvv says: Dec 12, 2011 1:28 AM

    Hey pftfan,

    What I don’t understand is your failure to understand my understanding. I know darn well who the team represents. I was responding to munoz’s obvious insult.

    Besides, a team can rep NJ, as the Devils do, and the Nets have. That’s not to say either the Jets or Giants do, but, you know, it’s not unthinkable.

    And munoz, do you even have a favorite team, or do you just come here to rip on Sanchez all day?

  18. Kya_Tropic_Fan says: Dec 12, 2011 8:59 AM

    pftfan says: Dec 11, 2011 10:22 PM

    You guys are morons…they’re called the NEW YORK Jets because they represent the NEW YORK Tri-State Area (NYC, Connecticut and New Jersey).

    No one says the New England Patriots should be called the Foxboro Patriots, they represent the collection of states known as New England, as the New York Jets (and Giants) represent their tri-state area, which is colloquially known as New York.

    New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island all serve as one large suburb to NYC. So no, they are not the New Jersey Jets or New Jersey Giants.

    I don’t understand why no one outside of the New York tri-state area gets this.
    ________________________________

    Now I’m confused… Connecticut is part of New England. Remember, the Pats almost moved from Foxboro to Hartford CT. So how the hell can the Jets, or Giants, represent CT, when CT is part of New England, which is represented by the Patriots???

  19. dfinpds says: Dec 12, 2011 9:16 AM

    Full disclosure……not a jets fan……..just a leonhard fan…….dang shame he had his season ended early again…….watched him in the big 10 go from a walk-on to a starter to a starter in the nfl by being a fast learner and an all out effort guy…….small town kid with a great attitude……get well soon…..

  20. nickmangoldsbeard says: Dec 12, 2011 2:06 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Dec 11, 2011 7:31 PM
    New Jersey Jets are a slightly above average team with Leonhard and they’ll be a slightly above average team without him. They’re going nowhere without a QB anyway.
    ————————————————
    wow, 31 wins (including playoffs) in under 3 years without a qb. ive missed the last 3 years though, who takes the snaps? greene? do we still have that brad smith guy?

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