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Jets place Jim Leonhard on injured reserve

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Last December, the Jets suddenly and abruptly lost safety Jim Leonhard for the rest of the season, days before a 45-3 blowout loss to the Patriots.

This year, the Jets lost Leonhard again, during a 37-10 blowout win over the Chiefs.

The Jets placed Leonhard on injured reserve today.  Leonhard has a torn patellar tendon.  He suffered the injury while being tackled after making an interception on Sunday.

In 2010, the Jets eventually made the adjustment to the absence of Leonhard.  They’ll need to make it quickly in 2011, or they may not make it to the playoffs.

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29 Responses to “Jets place Jim Leonhard on injured reserve”
  1. waldoampere says: Dec 12, 2011 7:50 PM

    Bad break for Leonhard and the Jets. He’s one tough SOB especially considering his size.

  2. deanvernonwormer says: Dec 12, 2011 7:53 PM

    Leonard is only 5’8 and a big hitter and strong tackler. He will be sorely missed. But the Jets will still make the playoffs.

  3. revisisland24 says: Dec 12, 2011 8:01 PM

    Best wishes to Jimmy for a speedy recovery.

    Huge loss for our team, he’s been a fan favorite since came to New York in 2009.

    Hopefully he’ll be healthy in time for training camp next year and the Jets decide to re-sign him. :)

  4. backindasaddle says: Dec 12, 2011 8:15 PM

    As much as I do not like the Jets, Jim Leonhard is a player I do really like. He’s real footballer. Sorry to see him get hurt.

  5. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 12, 2011 8:20 PM

    Their safety play has been awful all year so it’s no big deal. New Jersey isn’t going anywhere with Sanchez anyway.

  6. phillybirds says: Dec 12, 2011 8:25 PM

    Too bad for Leonard. Injuries suck

  7. romoscollarbone says: Dec 12, 2011 8:28 PM

    Tough break, stay positive kid.

  8. kelvinmchale says: Dec 12, 2011 8:40 PM

    Little safeties are always getting hurt. Just ask the Colts about Bob Sanders.

  9. raqaiw says: Dec 12, 2011 8:54 PM

    Overachiever. He doesn’t get to start on about 25 of 32 other teams though.

  10. jetsfan136 says: Dec 12, 2011 8:57 PM

    Mark Sanchez QB Rating

    2009 28th
    2010 27th
    2011 15th

    Sooooo, he’s getting better? Hmmmm. See, haters, the above would be considered intelligent football discussion. ‘He sucks because I say so’ would……not….qualify as football discussion. Smarten up. You think he sucks? Fine. Tell me why. Right now 17 QBs suck worse. Maybe next year 21 will suck worse.

  11. fittytuckin says: Dec 12, 2011 9:16 PM

    Tuff titty. Too bad about his injury, but it’s not like the guy is an all pro. He’s a tough, undersized, average safety.

  12. madnova says: Dec 12, 2011 9:22 PM

    It would be interesting to see someone suffer a season ending injury slowly and over a long period of time.

  13. nannymcsack says: Dec 12, 2011 9:29 PM

    ask the chargers about bob sanders. maybe scouts should try asking some of these guys moms if they were always the kid that got hurt playing with his friends growing up.

  14. jamaltimore says: Dec 12, 2011 9:38 PM

    Leonard is an excellent TEAM player and guy who overachieved his whole career. Always in the right place and just performs without all the hype. The anti -jet!

  15. keyshawn22 says: Dec 12, 2011 10:10 PM

    We will miss ya Jim!

    Scrappy heady player. Vastly underrated. Thankfully Brodney Pool is a quality replacement.

    As far as Sanchez goes…21 tds 11 ints plus 5 rushing tds. Winning record every year he has played. Seems like a good young qb to me. Let the haters hate, other than GB and the Saints no team has done better than the Jets and Sanchez the past 2 years. 1 full year as a starter in college and 2 1/2 years in the pros he is just scratching the surface of what he can do.

    He has accomplished alot more than Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco or Matt Stafford or Josh Freeman, but since he is on the great NY JETS people wanna hate.

  16. bospat says: Dec 12, 2011 10:22 PM

    Maybe Pats can grab him off scrap heap next year..sure could use him..prob with the torm patella he’s better are collection of stiffs!

  17. rexismybff says: Dec 12, 2011 10:51 PM

    @caseyanthonymunoz – “New Jersey isn’t going anywhere with Sanchez”

    ————————————

    All they need to do is beat boston again. 28-21.

  18. rajbais says: Dec 12, 2011 11:13 PM

    Jarrad Page is available!!!

  19. nickmangoldsbeard says: Dec 13, 2011 12:00 AM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Dec 12, 2011 8:20 PM
    New Jersey isn’t going anywhere with Sanchez anyway.

    ——————————————-

    for real do you post this on every jets story? try an intelligent post sometime.

    Tom Brady in his 3rd year- 29 total Td, 85.7 rating, 14 INT, and 3,764 yards.

    Mark Sanchez in his 3rs year (3 games left)- 26 total Td, 83.1 rating, 11 INT, and 2,859 yards.

    numbers aren’t to much different considering mark will probably add another 600-800 yards and some touchdowns.

    Now back to the post, its gonna suck having jim out. pool and smith need to step up.

  20. yevrag3535 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:18 AM

    Jets suck!

  21. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 13, 2011 12:21 AM

    @rexismybff – The Patriots don’t play in Boston. You realize the Jets play in NJ, right? And regarding Sanchez, even Rex has no faith in him. They’re running the wildcat for God’s sake. New Jersey is working of 40 plus years of futility and unfortunately it’s not changing.

  22. reddskeletor says: Dec 13, 2011 2:38 AM

    With Leonhard, it’s not so much the stats, as it’s calling the audibles and getting everybody in position, essentially running a complex defense. That ability will be missed.

  23. elmoron says: Dec 13, 2011 2:48 AM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    New Jersey isn’t going anywhere with Sanchez anyway.
    ———————————————————–
    They’ve gone alot further than your schmucks have…3 years and counting. But when you’re on the outside looking in that long, all’s you got left is to pull your very little cord and play Keyboard Warrior.

  24. bradymancrush10 says: Dec 13, 2011 8:09 AM

    Wow, tough break….hope he rehabs and is back for next year.

  25. thechosenone6 says: Dec 13, 2011 8:11 AM

    Call Sharper. NOW.

  26. bmorelikeme says: Dec 13, 2011 9:18 AM

    Tough break…I’ve always liked him since he suited up for Bmore a few years back.

    As for the guy who said he wouldn’t start on 25 teams, thats pretty wrong. Every team could use more guys as tough and smart as Leonard. He just makes plays.

  27. forcef1ve says: Dec 13, 2011 9:52 AM

    This could be the opportunity that Tiki’s been waiting for…!

  28. dynaco says: Dec 13, 2011 2:20 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Dec 12, 2011 8:20 PM
    New Jersey isn’t going anywhere with Sanchez anyway.
    ———————————————–

    Be nice, he may be your brother from another mother?

  29. jetsfan80 says: Dec 13, 2011 6:05 PM

    Casey Anthony should have killed you.. Douche… Go post some hand job stories about Tom Brady on the Patriots’ stories

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Dec 13, 2011 12:21 AM
    @rexismybff – The Patriots don’t play in Boston. You realize the Jets play in NJ, right? And regarding Sanchez, even Rex has no faith in him. They’re running the wildcat for God’s sake. New Jersey is working of 40 plus years of futility and unfortunately it’s not changing.

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