Jim Leonhard had a collision with WR Patrick Turner in practice today and has been ruled out for the Monday night matchup against the New England Patriots. As per Manish Mehta on twitter:
Jim Leonhard was injured on a collision with WR Patrick Turner at practice today. He was carted off the field. #nfl #patriots
Rex Ryan thinks Cotchery, Cromartie or Santonio Holmes could return punts now that Leonhard is out. #nfl #nyj #patriots
Eric Smith will handle Leonhard’s duties in secondary. Also, Brodney Pool will start at the other safety. #nfl #nyj #patriots
There are several reports on Twitter that this injury for Leonhard is actually a broken leg. Once this is confirmed we will update this post. This is a big loss for the New York Jets, Jim Leonhard is vital to the defense because of his knowledge. Since they play such an agressive blitzing scheme there is very little room for error.
Injuries are a part of the game and the Jets will have to step up with Eric Smith taking on a larger role. You can read more about Jim Leonhard in our New York Jets forum