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Jets Re-Sign Leon Johnson

November 28, 2000

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ Leon Johnson was re-signed by the New York Jets on Tuesday following his recovery from a severe knee injury.

The running back-kick returner has not played since tearing ligaments in his left knee in the 1999 season opener. He underwent reconstructive surgery but was waived last June.

He then spent five months rehabilitating the knee and working out with a personal trainer.

To make room for Johnson, the Jets waived tight end Jermaine Wiggins.

Johnson had a sensational rookie year in 1997, when he returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns. He tied the club record with a 101-yard kickoff return against Tampa Bay and averaged 26.6 yards per return.

Johnson also finished third in the AFC in punt return average at 12.1.

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