New York Jets Safety Jim Leonhard will miss the remainder of the season with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee, coach Rex Ryan announced today.
Leonhard was injured while intercepting a pass from Kansas City quarterback Tyler Palko.
This is the second straight year Leonhard has been sidelined for the stretch run of a season. Last year, he missed the final five games and the postseason after fracturing his right tibia in practice.
“You feel absolutely terrible for him,” Ryan said. “Knowing how he overcame that last injury … This team means everything to Jim, and his leadership is going to be missed without question. He’s one of the guys that elevates other players around him.”
Safety Brodney Pool will start in his place.
Leonhard, a seven-year veteran, is in the final year of his three-year deal with the Jets.
“He is the hardest-working guy around. This is a setback; this is not going to be the end of Jim Leonhard,” Ryan said, adding: “I don’t think Jim Leonhard is done playing.”