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Jets lose Leonhard before showdown

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets might be without their defensive quarterback for the rest of the season.

Safety Jim Leonhard, who calls the defensive signals in the secondary, has a broken right leg that required surgery Friday night, hours after he was injured during a collision at practice.

The team declined to speculate on Leonhard's playing status until after the surgery, but it appears likely to be a season-ending injury.

"I just think we were all crushed," defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. "He's such a tough guy and normally he bounces back, bounces right up from stuff."

Team spokesman Bruce Speight said the shin bone did not break the skin, and there was no damage to Leonhard's fibula, ankle or knee.

The injury came three days before the Jets play the Patriots at New England in a meeting for first place in the AFC East.

"That was a huge blow to us," a somber coach Rex Ryan said. "He's a huge part of what we do."

BROWNS: With Colt McCoy (high ankle sprain) still out, Jake Delhomme will again start at quarterback against Miami.

CHARGERS: Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates (right foot), receiver Malcom Floyd (hamstring) and running back Mike Tolbert (hand) practiced.

EAGLES: Coach Andy Reid says he's tired of seeing quarterback Michael Vick getting hit by opposing defenses. And the team plans to express its concerns to the league office. Reid told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, "I can't say anything" regarding specific complaints to the league office. But Reid also said, "I'll deal with the people I need to on that." Vick took some hard hits Thursday night in a victory against the Texans, but Reid said Vick was able to shake it off.

PANTHERS: Backup quarterback Tony Pike (shoulder) went on injured reserve. Quarterback Keith Null, who started four games as a rookie for St. Louis last season, was signed from the practice squad.

SAINTS: Coach Sean Payton says he'll decide Sunday whether running back Pierre Thomas can suit up at Cincinnati. Thomas, who has missed eight games with a sprained left ankle, has been limited in practice all week and jogging with a limp at times.

SEAHAWKS: Receiver and Plant High graduate Mike Williams made it through practice for the first time since injuring his left foot Nov. 21 in New Orleans. "I ain't right, but I think I'm good enough," Williams said.

STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was restricted in practice for a third consecutive day because of a right foot injury that is causing him to limp while off the field. He wore a protective shoe during practice again, but it's not approved for games.

TITANS: Neither coach Jeff Fisher nor Kerry Collins will say the quarterback is starting Sunday against Jacksonville, but the signs were pointed that way after Collins took full first-team practice reps.

VIKINGS: Coach Leslie Frazier said he was optimistic that Adrian Peterson (sprained right ankle) will play Sunday after the running back practiced on a limited basis.

UNION SUSPENDS AGENT: Longtime agent Gary Wichard was suspended by the NFL Players Association for nine months for his role in a recruiting scandal involving the University of North Carolina. The union also is revoking the agent certification of Southern California undergrad Teague Egan, who gave a ride across campus to tailback Dillon Baxter, a violation of NCAA rules.

JURISPRUDENCE: The owner of the 1985 Bears' Super Bowl Shuffle filed a federal lawsuit alleging media giant Viacom has used the video without permission. Julia Meyer filed suit in Chicago this week alleging Viacom illegally used the video on MTV and VH1.

FINES: The league fined Texans safety Bernard Pollard $40,000 for unnecessary roughness against receiver Justin Gage of the Titans. Pollard, a repeat offender, struck Gage in the head. Texans receiver Andre Johnson and Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan were fined $25,000 apiece for their fight on Sunday. Others: Cardinals tackle Jeremy Bridges ($20,000) and linebacker Clark Haggans ($10,000), both for unnecessary roughness; Packers linebacker Matt Wilhelm ($5,000, major face mask) and Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher ($5,000, violating social media policy).

Jets lose Leonhard before showdown 12/03/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 3, 2010 10:32pm]
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