Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Safety Leonhard on road to recovery
By Ohm Youngmisuk
It was frustrating for safety Jim Leonhard to watch the Jets lose in the AFC Championship game without him.
But the truly hard part for Leonhard will be his recovery from a broken right leg suffered in early December. Leonhard continues to rehab and will meet with the doctor in just over two weeks to gauge how his recovery is going.
The safety has yet to start running but he has been doing work in the pool, on an anti-gravity treadmill and on the bike.
“(It’s) a constant struggle coming back,” Leonhard said. “We will see in the next couple of weeks. Every month, you are checking in and getting that next game plan… it all depends on how you feel. There is no set date on when you can come back, it all depends on how your body responds.”
Leonhard said that if there is no lockout, he hopes to be back sometime around minicamp.
“It would be close to that time,” Leonhard said. “There is so much that is questionable, it all depends on how your body responds.”
“Once the bone heals, then you can get a lot more aggressive,” he added.
Until next season, the Jets and Leonhard will wonder what could have happened had he been healthy.
“That is all you think about,” Leonhard said. “You never know but in your mind you feel like if you were out there you can make a difference whether it is making plays or leadership.”