Washington's Surgery A Success, Full Recovery Expected

There was at least a little good news for Washington today. Bob Glauber of Newsday reported that Leon's surgery was held as a success and a full recovery can be expected. According to people close to Leon, he is in good spirits and could return to NJ as soon as Wednesday. He will travel back on Woody Johnson's private jet.

Washington suffered a compound fracture of the right tibia and fibula. He is out for the remainder of the season and will be placed on injured reserve later today.

"Everything is going as well as we could hope at this point," Speight said.

After suffering the injury, Washington was removed from the field, received X-rays and was then splinted and taken to Alta Bates hospital for immediate surgery. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Chang, Dr. Scott Taylor and Dr. Warren Strudwick. The operation took two hours, and was deemed to be successful.

A rod was inserted into the tibia to stabilize the fracture. The fibula will heal on its own.

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