Leon Washington suffered a broken right leg Sunday, during the New York Jets 38-0 victory over the Oakland Raiders, when a Raiders defender landed on Washington’s leg during the Jets first possession from scrimmage. Washington’s fibula bone fractured and broke through the skin. The injury will be season-ending with a timetable for recovery of about 12 weeks. This means Washington will potentially be ready for conditioning drills in early 2010.
The 27 year-old Washington stayed in Los Angeles to have immediate surgery and avoid any potential infection that could occur when the bone breaks through the skin.
Obviously this is a devastating loss for the Jets. Not only is Washington a speedy and elusive running back and perfect compliment to Thomas Jones; but a crucial man on special teams as well.
His ability to create plays and distract defenses with his presence alone cannot be matched and the Jets will sorely miss him this year (and possibly beyond).
Contract Talk: In terms of Washington’s contract, he was making $535,000 this year and was openly upset about the Jets refusal to provide a satisfactory long term deal. Reportedly, the Jets had a multi-year offer of $4.5 million per year on the table which Washington declined to accept. Washington will be a restricted free agent following this year and only time will tell what will happen now.
Injury Notes: The season-ending injury to Washington comes one week after 30 year-old note tackle Kris Jenkins suffered his own season-ending injury with a torn ACL to his left knee against Buffalo.