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Jim Leonhard says he’s healthy, ready to get into a camp

Kansas City Chiefs Steve Breaston holds onto leg of New York Jets Jim Leonhard after he intercepted pass and was injured in NFL game in East Rutherford

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston (15) holds onto the leg of New York Jets strong safety Jim Leonhard (36) after he intercepted a pass in the second quarter of their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, December 11, 2011. The leg was injured on the play and he left the game and did not return. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


With training camps opening soon, the guys who aren’t currently in one are beginning to sweat.

But former Jets safety Jim Leonhard said he’s still hopeful to be in a camp, after tearing his patellar tendon last December.

Leonhard told from his football camp at his old high school in Wisconsin he was healthy now, and ready to prove that to teams.

“I’m a free agent right now, hopefully in the next few weeks I get some workouts and get a contract,” he said. “The knee is feeling great and I am ready to go. I am getting antsy, football is right around the corner and I don’t have a team, kind of getting antsy ready to get back on that field. You just keep working, you keep grinding and good things are going to happen.

“I know I am going to be playing football somewhere this season, I just have to figure out where. I am excited for that day”

Leonhard said in April there was a “very good possibility,” he’d return to the Jets. They signed safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell this offseason, but it’s likely they’d make room for Leonhard, since coach Rex Ryan has a soft spot for him.