Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/25/12

New York Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff will have surgery to replace a metal rod in in his leg from a previous surgery. Mike Westhoff is expected to be back in time for training camp, but will likely miss minicamp and OTAs with the team. In his stead, assistant special teams coach Ben Kotwica will be in charge of the Jets' special teams.

New York Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff is expected to miss all team activities until the start of training camp late in the summer. Mike Westhoff was visiting his son in Indiana when he sustained some kind of injury that will force him to undergo surgery to replace one of the metal rods in his leg.

Westhoff is a bone cancer survivor. He has said that this will be his final season coaching special teams in the NFL. Westhoff is regarded as the best special teams coach in the league and has been on the brink of retirement for years now. Last fall he said he would like to coach one more season after 2011 and confirmed that this offseason, making 2012 his last season.

Wishing Westhoff a speedy recovery, but he's one of those guys that can't be kept off the field. Westhoff was at the Jets' facility on Wednesday to see team trainers. Don't be surprised if he's back coaching the special teams before his expected return at training camp.

In the meantime, this is a great opportunity for Kotwica. He has been an assistant to Westhoff for the past few years and will now get a chance to run the show. With Mike Westhoff set to retire after this season, this is somewhat of an audition for the job next season.

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