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Jets place safety Jim Leonhard on IR

The Jets were dealt a big blow, as they placed safety Jim Leonhard on injured reserve Saturday, ending the season for one of the team’s defensive leaders a day after he broke his right leg in practice.

A stabilizing rod was placed through Leonhard’s tibia during surgery Friday night at Morristown Memorial Hospital, located a few miles from the team’s training facility. The Jets announced that Leonhard is tentatively scheduled to be released Sunday or Monday, and is expected to make a full recovery. He had no damage to his fibula, ankle or knee.

“That was a huge blow to us,” a somber coach Rex Ryan said after practice Friday. “He’s a huge part of what we do.”

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