The New York Jets running back Leon Washington has been confirmed not to be available to play for the team in the rest of the season, and however tough to find a replacement is, the Jets will have find one and continue the season.
Washington suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula when Oakland’s Tommy Kelly rolled up on his leg after a 6-yard run in the first quarter last Sunday’s game. But that injury did not stop the Jets from making their 38-0 win.
Washington was carted off the field and had X-rays, which revealed the fractures. Then he was taken to Berkeley’s Alta Bates Medical Center and underwent a two-hour operation Sunday to have a rod inserted into the tibia to stabilize the fracture.
Losing Washington, whose versatility makes him difficult for opponents to defend against, the Jets Coach Rex Ryan will face the tough task of finding someone else in Jets jersey to fill in the spot. He has said that he may have three or four guys replace Washington as “there is no way y one guy can replace him.”