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The New York Daily News' Kevin Armstrong reported Thursday that Santonio Holmes, who had already missed most of the New York Jets' practices, took himself out of practice.
Holmes was quoted in the article, saying, "I’ve been gone for a while, so I can’t be at full tempo like the rest of the guys and where they want us to be at."
This is disappointing for a Jets team that needed Holmes to be a leader for a young receiving corps, as well as a weapon for beleaguered quarterback Mark Sanchez.
As for Holmes' excuse, being gone is simply not a good reason to not be in shape. As a professional athlete, being in shape is in the job description, and that he could not handle that aspect of his career is sickening.
While his trip was a charitable mission to meet wounded soldiers, certainly a noble mission, Holmes has a responsibility to his team to perform at his best. The effort he showed on Thursday will not be enough to help this Jets team get over the hump.