It's official: Leonhard on IR

December, 12, 2011
12/12/11
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A few hours after Rex Ryan confirmed reports that S Jim Leonhard is out for the season with a torn patellar tendon, the Jets made it official by placing him on injured reserve.

They have an opening on their 53-man roster and will look to fill it Tuesday.

"We’re going to try and bring in a good football player that would add some depth to us," Ryan said, meaning a safety. "That’s what you’re going to get. We don’t need a starter. We have our starters in Eric Smith and Brodney Pool, but we need somebody. We have Tracy Wilson, a young, developing player also as a safety, but we need somebody else to come in there and add some depth to us."

The Jets went into training camp with good depth at safety, but they traded Dwight Lowery to the Jaguars for a seventh-round pick and waived Emanuel Cook two weeks ago. Cook was claimed on waivers by the Ravens.

NO PICK FOR MASE: Former Jets WR Derrick Mason was released Monday by the Texans. What does that mean for the Jets, who received a conditional seventh rounder from the Texans? It means they get nothing.

When they made the trade after Week 5, the Texans agreed to give a seventh rounder to the Jets if Mason caught 33 passes over the final 11 games. He fell well short of that mark -- six receptions for 55 yards. There's no way he would've made it to 33, even if he had made it through the season on the Texans' roster.

MOORE OK: RG Brandon Moore (hip) came out of Sunday's game in good shape, according to Ryan. Going forward, the practice plan is to rest him on Wednesdays, limit him on Thursdays and let him go 100 percent on Fridays.

INSIDE KNOWLEDGE: You can bet Ryan will call his brother, Rob, the Cowboys' defensive coordinator, to get some intel on the Eagles.

"I don’t know if he’ll be answering the phone or anything after what happened," joked Ryan, alluding to the Cowboys' meltdown against the Giants.

The Cowboys lost to the Eagles, 34-7, so they obviously don't have all the answers.

INJURED: The Jets placed TE Jamarko Simmons (back) on practice-squad IR.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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