Leonhard has 3-4 months of rehab

December, 22, 2010
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New York Jets S Jim Leonhard, who suffered a severely broken leg Dec. 3 in a practice collision, spoke for the first time Wednesday on his rehab and recovery.

"They said it’s probably a three-to-four-month process until I’ll be playing football again, but there will be a lot of ups and downs in the next few months,” Leonhard told NewYorkJets.com, the team's official website. “I know that, I’m very aware of that. But I feel very fortunate to have the doctors we have, the training staff we have and the support system the Jets provide.”

Leonhard fractured his right tibia in the collision. It wasn't an "open" fracture, a la Leon Washington, but it was severe enough for teammates to describe it as a horrific sight. Nevertheless, Leonhard derives inspiration from Washington, who made a spectacular comeback from a career-threatening injury -- a fractured fibula. Leonhard has talked to Washington, now a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

“The one silver lining in this is Leon Washington had an injury that was very similar, and worse, to this last year," Leonhard said. "I’ve been able to talk to him and our trainers and they’ve already gone through this process, so they know exactly the steps that have to happen and kind of the landmarks I need to be hitting in my rehab.”

Leonhard, getting around the facility on a scooter, made an appearance Wednesday in the locker room during the media period, but reporters were shooed away from him. He will address the media soon, perhaps Thursday.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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