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Jets Special Teams Coach Mike Westhoff Sidelined By Surgery On Leg

Mike Westhoff, Special Teams Coordinator of the New York Jets talks to his players during a time out against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Mike Westhoff, Special Teams Coordinator of the New York Jets talks to his players during a time out against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff is expected to be sidelined until training camp after having surgery on his left leg.

Westhoff, a bone cancer survivor, was in Indianapolis recently visiting his son when he heard a sound in his leg — the same one in which a titanium prosthesis was inserted in February 2008. The 64-year-old Westhoff had a malignant tumor found in the leg in 1988, and has needed several operations on it since.

The Jets say a piece of the “contraption” in Westhoff’s leg broke on May 12. He had surgery six days later in Indiana after X-rays revealed the break.

Westhoff is back in New Jersey recovering, and assistant special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica will handle his duties in his absence.

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