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Jets Safety Jim Leonhard Out for Season With Broken Right Leg

Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- New York Jets starting safety Jim Leonhard will miss the rest of the season after having surgery for a broken right leg sustained in practice, Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement.

Leonhard, 28, was injured yesterday in a collision with wide receiver Patrick Turner at the Jets’ practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. His tibia was fractured, while his knee, ankle and fibula weren’t injured, the team said.

Leonhard was placed on injured reserve Saturday morning following surgery at Morristown Memorial Hospital by Dr. Ken Montgomery, Dr. Andrew Willis and Dr. Pat Grob.

Leonhard is in his sixth year in the National Football League and second with the Jets, who have allowed the third-fewest yards in the league this season. He leads all Jets defensive backs with 66 tackles and has one interception and one fumble recovery through 11 games.

Brodney Pool, a six-year veteran, will probably start at safety in Leonhard’s place, said team spokesman Bruce Speight said.

The 9-2 Jets travel to Foxboro, Massachusetts, to play the 9-2 division-rival New England Patriots. The Jets beat the Patriots 28-14 at New Meadowlands Stadium in September.

To contact the reporter on this story: Curtis Eichelberger in Washington at ceichelberge@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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