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.
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.