Jeanty's season ends on opening kickoff

Updated: January 9, 2010, 10:25 PM ET
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CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals starting linebacker Rashad Jeanty broke his left leg on the opening kickoff against the New York Jets.

Jeanty broke the fibula while blocking for Bernard Scott's 56-yard return Saturday, lying on the field for several minutes afterward. He walked off the field with assistance and went for X-rays.

Jeanty became a starter after rookie Rey Maualuga broke his left ankle in the second-to-last game of the regular season. Brandon Johnson moved into his outside linebacker spot after Jeanty's injury.

The Jets were without punter Steve Weatherford because he was sick. Weatherford was dizzy and had a fast heartbeat after warming up Saturday, leaving him unavailable.

Kicker Jay Feely handled the Jets' first punt Saturday, a low, wobbly kick that the Bengals returned to the New York 45 to start their second series. Weatherford's illness was a major setback to the Jets in a game that was expected to come down to field position.

Feely hasn't punted during his nine-year career. Weatherford punted 80 times this season for a 42-yard average.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.