Leonhard Making Progress

Jim Leonhard spoke to GWR about his rehab as he walked around the team's facility on Wednesday on his own.

Florham Park, NJ – Just days after former Jets lineman Dennis Byrd walked into the team's meeting room on Saturday to tell his inspirational story of overcoming a paralyzing injury suffered on the football field, safety Jim Leonhard walked into the Jets locker room for the first time in more than a month on his own strength. Leonhard, who suffered a season ending knee injury in practice in early December prior to the Jets Week 13 game against the Patriots, had been relegated to moving around in an electric scooter.

Now the Jets safety and the man considered the "quarterback of the secondary" scooted around the Jets locker room on his own two feet on Wednesday.

"Everything is looking good," Leonhard said. "X-Rays looked good. Everything is on track."

This week is the first time that Leonhard, who moved yesterday with a slight limp, has walked around on his own two feet. The injury was suffered in a collision with a practice squad player, shelving Leonhard for the rest of the season. He voiced his frustration at not being able to help the team on the field for Sunday's AFC Championship Game but said he plans on going to the game to support his teammates.

"I'm ready to play now," Leonhard said. "I just don't think the team's trainers are ready for me to do that."

Leonhard remains uncertain about being available for offseason training and conditioning but he said his goal is to be back on the field for next season.

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