The New York Jets have lost safety Jim Leonhard for the season due to injury for the second straight year. Leonhard was injured during the second quarter of the Jets' 37-10 win over the Chiefs on Sunday. Leonhard's status was updated today by the team.
Head coach Rex Ryan said on a conference call today:
"We lost Jimmy, torn patella tendon," the Jets head coach told team reporters on a conference call this afternoon. "You feel absolutely terrible for him. This team means everything to Jim. His leadership is obviously going to be missed. I know he'll get this surgery and I'm sure he's going to be around the building and be part of us anyway. He just can't do it physically." (via New York Jets.com)
Along with Eric Smith, Brodney Pool will step into Leonhard's spot at starting safety for the Jets.
Ryan did not feel that the injury to Leonhard will end the veteran's career.