Jim Leonhard’s season in jeopardy

FLORHAM PARK, NJ —  UPDATE: JIM LEONHARD SUFFERED TORN RIGHT PATELLA TENDON AND WILL MISS REMAINDER OF SEASON. It’s deja vu, all over again. For safety Jim Leonhard the classic Yogi-ism might be more than appropriate if the reports of yet another season-ending right leg injury for the veteran safety are true.

He is to have an MRI on Monday and more definitive results will be known later in the day, likely during Rex Ryan’s press conference with media. Eerily, it was Week 13 where Leonhard suffered a gruesome broken right leg during practice in preparation for their mega match-up with the New England Patriots. He would be done for the rest of the season and the Jets would go on to lose the ensuing two games. It took a grueling rehabilitation process to get the scrappy Leonhard back on the field after spending some time in a motorized scooter, that he playfully drove around the locker room in.

Jim Leonhard suffered a right knee injury following an interception in Sunday's 37-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. (JetsInsider.com Photo).

In Sunday’s 37-10 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs, Jets safety and defensive leader Leonhard injured the same right knee following an interception and getting his legs wrapped up oddly on the tackle.

“I’m hopeful it’s not that bad, but it’s never good when you need help coming off [the field]. I don’t know the extent of it right now,” Ryan said in his post game press conference.

Darrelle Revis told ESPNNewYork.com that “it’s a big loss for our defense and everybody knows that he’s one of the captains of our defense. It’s big a loss for us again, we have to go through the same thing we did last year.”

In Leonhard’s place, former starter Brodney Pool assumed the starting safety duties alongside Eric Smith, who replaced Leonhard last year. Along with Bryan Thomas, who suffered a season-ending Achilles’ injury, Leonhard is in the last year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent next season. Rumors are swirling that the injury is a torn ligament in his right knee, however nothing has been confirmed.

Be sure to stay with the Jets Insider as the news on Leonhard’s status breaks.

One Response to “Jim Leonhard’s season in jeopardy”

  1. Jim McInerney Says:

    Well the Jets got it done yesterday, but victory came at a price. The NY Jets lost their defensive captain when their safety Jim Leonhard injured his knee during his game changing interception. Is this Deja Vu all over again? Will the elusive Michael Vick now pick our secondary apart? Jets fans, true fans, know how important Jim is to the team. This is a huge blow to our defense, but this is football. The Jets must adapt to these injuries and overcome. Injuries are an important part of the NFL and the Jets are no different then any other team. Look at the Texans- lost their pro bowl quarterback Matt Schaub, his backup, and now the third stringer has won 2 in a row. They have gotten hit with many other injuries(wr, rb, def) and still clinched the playoffs on the road yesterday.
    If you think about it, we are lucky as Jet fans. We are still with many starters and its late in the season. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. Rex is a great coach who can adapt with the best of them. I love Jim Leonhard but we must adapt and overcome. Good luck to him and the New York Jets!