Jets’ Washington placed on IR with broken leg

New York Jets running back Leon Washington has been placed on season-ending injured reserve after having surgery in which a rod was inserted into his broken right leg.

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Washington suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula when an Oakland Raiders defender rolled up on his leg after a 6-yard run in the first quarter of the Jets‘ 38-0 win Sunday.

He underwent a two-hour operation at Berkeley’s Alta Bates Hospital shortly after the injury, and a rod was inserted into the tibia to stabilize the fracture. The team said doctors expect the fibula to heal on its own.

Washington will remain in California for a few days, and could return home as soon as Wednesday. The team said it expects Washington to make a full recovery.