Santonio Holmes' Ribs and Other News from Saturday's Jets Scrimmage

Rocco ConstantinoContributor IAugust 4, 2012


According to a release by the New York Jets on their Twitter feed, x-rays on Santonio Holmes' ribs came back negative.  He is listed day-to-day as he deals with soreness.

It was feared that Holmes broke his ribs after a hit by Antonio Cromartie, who may have stood to gain an increased workload at receiver if the receiver missed a significant amount of time.

For now, is is great news that there were no breaks as the Jets are already dealing with a thin receiving corps thanks to a rash of minor injuries.  Bruised ribs can be just as sore as broken ribs though, so Holmes may be limited for some time.  

As for the scrimmage itself, Cimini and Jenny Vrentas both tweeted that Mark Sanchez played well, finishing 11-for-16 for 82 yards and an eight-yard touchdown pass to Bilal Powell, who continued his impressive camp.

With Powell catching a touchdown and McKnight fumbling after a 15-yard run, it seems that Powell may have taken another step in supplanting McKnight as the team's backup.

Sanchez was sacked three times, although he was without starting center Nick Mangold, who is at the Olympics, and Brandon Moore who has been excused to attend Curtis Martin's Hall of Fame enshrinement.  Wayne Hunter also missed the scrimmage with a bad back.

The "pseudo-sacks" were recorded by Demario Davis, Calvin Pace and Garrett McIntyre.  Sanchez and Tebow wore red jerseys and were not allowed to be tackled.

Tim Tebow worked with the second team offense and was 0-for-3 passing with three rushes for 14 yards.  He did convert a fake punt by connecting with Eric Smith.

Cimini also reported that LaRon Landry may have suffered an injury.

The team's kicking competition continues to lean slightly towards Nick Folk.  Folk made all three of his field goal attempts tonight while Josh Brown made three out of four.  Brown's miss came from 43 yards.

Although the scrimmage lasted just one hour, fans could take a few things from tonight.

First, the Jets are serious about the possibility of Powell leapfrogging McKnight on the depth chart.  He saw extensive work with Sanchez and the first-teamers and was Sanchez's go-to-guy for the touchdown.

Also, Davis continues to stand out as one of the most visible and active players on the defense.  He recorded his sack on an inside blitz after being placed in the game as part of a sub group.