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Posted at 2:39 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Jets lose safety Jim Leonhard to leg injury after collision in practice

By Cindy Boren

New York Jets safety Jim Leonhard suffered what Coach Rex Ryan said was a "severe shin" injury on a collision with wide receiver Patrick Turner during practice.

Ryan said he is "assuming" that Leonhard, who was carted off the field, suffered a break. "Emotionally, it was a letdown," Ryan said. "I thought we were having our best practice of the year until that point."

The loss is a serious one for the Jets, who will face the New England Patriots on Monday night without one of their defensive leaders. Eric Smith will take over Leonhard's duties and Brodney Pool will be the other starter. Leonhard also returns punts; Kyle Wilson, Jerricho Cotchery and/or Santonio Holmes are the primary replacements there.

"We feel terrible for Jim. We know it's a big loss," Ryan said, "but we'll be ready to move on Monday without him."

(via Jenny Vrentas and Manish Mehta)

By Cindy Boren  | December 3, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
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Hurts just thinking about a severe shin injury, or "shinjury," as it were. Or weren't.

I'm going to be careful to avoid suffering one of those as I go about my business today, you can bet your bottom dollar.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 3, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Tonya Harding DOES play for the Patriots ... this is all VERY interesting ...

Posted by: dcsween | December 3, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

NY Jets Jim Leonhard Season Over - Read more at:

Posted by: footdronline | December 3, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

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