UPDATE: Monday, August 13, 1:40 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
With an aggravated rib injury continuing to bother New York Jets No. 1 reciever Santonio Holmes, the team will take the smart course of action and sit him for the team’s meeting with the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 18.
Ryan says Holmes, Pouha won't play this week vs. Giants. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 13, 2012
Holmes is the only real wide receiver the Jets have on the roster that could pass as a viable option on another team, so having him out of the lineup will make the already difficult job for Mark Sanchez even harder.
With Holmes possibly missing even more time with his injury, the Jets offense will be behind the eight ball before the season even starts. Something tells me it’ll be a long year in New York.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, August 8 at 2:25 p.m. ET by David Daniels
New York's No. 1 wide receiver said of his injury (via ESPN):
I'm getting better every day right now. I'm taking it one day at a time. When I feel the need for contact and the trainers are ready for me to have contact, then I'll be ready to roll.
Holmes has yet to even suit up for practice this week, so Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow could be without him in the Jets' second preseason game as well.
UPDATE: Monday, August 6 at 9:57 a.m. ET
Santonio Holmes is sore and, though not ruled out just yet, is considered doubtful for the Jets' opening preseason game this week, according to head coach Rex Ryan via Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas.
Do you think that Rex Ryan should seek outside of the team for WR help?
Rex not going to rule out Holmes for preseason game but considers him doubtful. Says he's "tender." Aggravated previous rib injury. #nyj— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) August 6, 2012
UPDATE: Monday, August 6 at 8:58 a.m. ET
Santonio Holmes is expected to miss at least a week of training camp as he recovers from his rib injury, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello.
I was told last night that Santonio Holmes is extremely sore and is going to be out for at least a week. #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 6, 2012
UPDATE: Saturday, August 4, 6:18 p.m. ET by Shawn Brubaker
Santonio Holmes rib is not broken, according to Jenny Vrentas, Jets beat writer for The Star-Ledger.
X-Rays on Holmes were negative, team spokesman said. He's day to day. #nyj— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) August 5, 2012
This is great news for the Jets. Holmes will surely be out for a few days, but he has a good chance to return soon.
The Jets need Holmes at full strength to upgrade a passing game that has few weapons. His production will be key this season, so the Jets might be conservative in bringing Holmes back.
The injury doesn't seem too severe, though, so Holmes should be back shortly. At the very least, expect Holmes back by the season opener.
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The New York Jets' beat reporter for the New York Daily News reports that Santonio Holmes was hit directly in the ribs during training camp.
Jets medical personnel told Rex that it looks like Holmes broke rib.— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) August 4, 2012
This had led many to wonder if the Jets, who are already weak at the wide receiver position, may need to seek help from outside of the New York Jets team and perhaps secure a free agent or a trade to compensate for the injury that Holmes has suffered.
Rex Ryan’s personal statement seemed to have confirmed the news about the hit that Antonio Cromartie made on a seven-yard catch.
"I don’t know if Santonio did break a rib or not, but the fact it was sticking out…is probably an indicator," the coach explained. "But again, I’m sure he’ll be fine. We’ll have to check on him later. Other than that, he had a good day."
Last season the New York Jets were 21st in the league in overall passing yards with a total of 206.1 yards per game. Holmes led the team with 12.8 yards per catch and 8 TDs in 2011.
Holmes averaged 40.9 yards per game and was targeted 102 times last season. Plaxico Burress and either Jeremy Kerley or Patrick Turner would be the two starting wide receivers heading into the start of the 2012 NFL season for the New York Jets who failed to make the playoffs last season.