Jim Leonhard tried to parallel park his new ride in the media room, the burgundy scooter with the Wisconsin license plate.
"It’s a great scooter," the safety said this afternoon, "and I’ll race anyone in here."
Other than crutches, that scooter is the way Leonhard mostly moves around now following surgery on his broken right tibia. He was injured in practice on Dec. 10, colliding with wide receiver Patrick Turner, and is almost exactly three weeks removed from surgery.
He had the splint taken off his leg last week, allowing him to slowly begin the lengthy rehab process.
"It’s coming back quick," Leonhard said. "Hopefully the bone is healing the way it’s supposed to. I have a doctor’s appointment in two and a half weeks. It feels really good right now. I’m very happy with what the doctors did, and now with the trainers taking over the rehab process, I am very happy with where it’s at. It’s unfortunate to be injured. I don’t want to be injured right now obviously. It is what it is."
Leonhard said the doctors gave him a rough timetable of 3 to 4 months until he's back fully doing everything normally.
"Obviously, there are a lot of variables that go along with that," he said. There will be a lot of ups and downs over the next couple of months, but everything looks promising right now. We’re very happy with the surgery and how everything looks. Right now it’s all about the bone healing and depending on when that happens, you can be more or less aggressive off of that."
But he hopes to be back in plenty of time for minicamp -- provided there's no lockout, of course.
"I am looking forward to participating in at least a portion of the offseason program," he said. "We will see if the trainers go along with that or not. It depends. There are so many variables, so many things that could happen this early in the game that you don’t really [know about]."
Something else he doesn't know yet? When he's going to start walking on his right leg again without any support.
"It all depends on the next doctor visit in a couple of weeks as far as when the bone is healed," Leonhard said. "They said once the bone is healed they’ll get a lot more aggressive as far as putting weight on it and things like that. That’s kind of the biggest thing is seeing that x-ray and making sure the bone is 100 percent healed and going from there."