The Jets officially ended Jim Leonhard's season yesterday, placing the safety on injured reserve because of a right tibia fracture suffered in practice Friday.
Leonhard had a rod placed through the tibia to stabilize the bone during surgery Friday night at Morristown (N.J.) Memorial Hospital and the Jets say they expect a full recovery. He's tentatively scheduled to be discharged either sometime Sunday or tomorrow.
The loss of Leonhard, who was injured when he collided with wide receiver Patrick Turner, is a big blow because he not only is the quarterback of the Jets' third-ranked defense but their primary punt returner.
As for the punt-returning duties, Jerricho Cotchery, who's expected to play after missing the last two games with a slight groin tear, most likely will take over those chores. But there's a chance wideout Santonio Holmes or cornerback Antonio Cromartie will get some opportunities.
A sixth-year veteran, Leonhard had started 27 consecutive regular-season games since joining the Jets as an unrestricted free agent in 2009 and is second on the team in combined tackles this season with 61. His 11.3-yard punt-return average ranks fourth in the AFC.