Santonio Holmes Reportedly Did Not Suffer Broken Rib at Jets Scrimmage

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIAugust 4, 2012

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is believed to have suffered a broken rib during a scrimmage.

Manish Mehta of the Daily (N.Y.) News reported the news via Twitter:

WR Santonio Holmes likely suffered broken rib during Jets intrasquad scrimmage. Story here: #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) August 5, 2012

UPDATE: Saturday, August 4, 9:30 p.m. ET by Pete Schauer

After undergoing an x-ray on his ribs, it's been tweeted by The Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas that Holmes' ribs are not broken.

X-Rays on Holmes were negative, team spokesman said. He's day to day. #nyj

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) August 5, 2012

This is incredible news for the Jets, who are already pretty thin at wideout.

So thin, that Tim Tebow and Antonio Cromartie may just be the second-best WRs on the Jets.

For now, Holmes is day-to-day and it hasn't been reported as to when he will return.

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There is no word as to how long Holmes will be out, but the Jets’ regular season begins on September 9, and their first preseason game is on August 10.

Any time that the receiver must spend on the sidelines will be a blow to the team’s offense.

Holmes has spent the last two seasons with the Jets. He caught 52 passes for 746 yards and six touchdowns in 2010, then recorded extremely similar statistics in 2011, pulling in 51 balls for 654 yards and eight TDs.

While these numbers are nothing noteworthy, Holmes remains a supremely talented player who is capable of making spectacular plays.

He proved this during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers when he made a sensational play to reel in the game-winning touchdown catch in Super Bowl XLIII. The following year, he had a career year and caught 79 passes for 1,248 yards but was traded to New York in the offseason due to off-field issues.

The Jets are now extremely thin at wideout, with no clear candidate to step into the No. 1 receiver role if Holmes is unable to play. Jeremy Kerley is the next-leading receiver after pulling in 29 catches for 314 yards last year.

He is followed by Patrick Turner, who recorded eight receptions for 96 yards.

This puts quarterback Mark Sanchez in an even tougher position than he was already in. Sanchez has Tim Tebow—one of the NFL’s most popular players—sitting behind him on the depth chart and may have extremely limited receiving options.

Holmes’ rib will likely be a dominant storyline during the Jets' preseason, as he is a key part to their success on offense.