Jets ST coach Westhoff sidelined by surgery on leg

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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.