is reporting that New York Jets’ safety Jeff Leonhard suffered a tibia fracture. He reportedly suffered a “freak collision” in today’s practice. He reportedly will undergo surgery later tonight.

Tibia fractures that are significantly displaced are almost always treated with surgery. Usually surgery involves putting a metal nail inside the bone to serve as sort of an internal splint while the bone heals. The nail allows the athlete to bear weight while it heals. Healing often takes 3-4 months, and with the time needed to return to jogging and ultimately football, Leonhard will likely be out 6 months or more. This injury will keep the Jets’ safety out for the year.

Read more about tibia fractures and the surgery to treat them, the rehabilitation, and consequences of the injury.