New York Jets safety Jim Leonhard was cleared by doctors three weeks to resume football activities after recovering from a fractured right tibia. He’s been doing his offseason training at the University of Wisconsin in order to get ready for this coming season.
“This week was a definitely a huge breakthrough,” said Leonhard. “I felt I could push as hard as I wanted to and not have setbacks.”
“I’m getting excited,” he added. “I want to play football and prove I’m back; prove I’ve done the work to get back.”
Losing Leonhard this past season was a huge blow to the Jets’ defense because of his leadership ability on the field. He’s essentially the quarterback for the defensive backs.
Leonhard feels that once the lockout is over he won’t have any restrictions on what he will be able to do on the field.
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“Obviously you get back and meet with the trainers, but I would feel comfortable doing anything at this point,” Leonhard said. “A lot of it has gone on feel because it’s a bone, and it’s hard to determine what the timeline would be. If there’s a lot of soreness, you back off; if it feels good, you push hard. Now I feel like I can push it as hard as I want.”