For most of his career Leon Washington has been compared to Darren Sproles. It’s a comparison that Washington said he sees, too.

“We do similar things,” Washington said yesterday. “We both can take advantage of our opportunity and score from anywhere.”

The difference in this game is that Sproles will actually play while Washington has been sidelined with a gruesome broken leg since Week 7.

“He scares me,” Washington said with a big smile. “I’m a fan now. He scares me.”

Washington recalled last year’s playoff game between the Colts and the Chargers in which Sproles “just went crazy.”

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“We know how dangerous he is,” Washington said. “Sproles scares me because he can take a screen or a kick or a punt and he can take it to the house.”

Of course, the Jets are somewhat used to playing against a player in the Sproles mold after practicing against Washington. Will that help?

“I’ve been out for some weeks, but hopefully they can remember from training camp,” Washington said of the way the defense played against him. “I can remember telling David Harris about it, how well him and Bart were covering me out of the backfield in training camp. They really adjusted to the game. If that can translate over to the game, that would be a plus for us.”

Washington, who’ll be watching from home as he has for most of the season, said he has no doubts.

“We’ve got smart guys on our defense,” Washington said. “They’ve been doing great all year long and there’s no reason to think they won’t do well this game.”