New York Jets Still Awaiting Word on the Extent of Santonio Holmes' Injury

Rocco Constantino@@br_jets_reportContributor IOctober 1, 2012


In his Monday press conference, Rex Ryan announced that the team is still waiting on an MRI reading of Santonio Holmes' foot injury.  He did confirm that the x-rays were negative and he was doubtful for Monday's game against the Texans.

Ryan said the doctors were checking on whether it was a muscle injury or not.  He did also confirm that it did not appear to be an Achilles Tendon injury.

On the play, Holmes caught a four-yard pass along the sidelines from Mark Sanchez before crumpling to the turf in severe pain.  He then dropped the ball to the turf as he grabbed for his lower body, allowing 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers to pick up the ball and returning it for a backbreaking touchdown to make the score 24-0.

With Holmes possibly out, the only healthy receivers on the Jets roster currently are Chaz Schilens, Clyde Gates, Patrick Turner and Jeremy Kerley.

Stephen Hill's status for next week is still in question as he recovers from a hamstring injury.  

Royce Pollard still remains on the practice squad and nobody has claimed recently-released wide receiver Jordan White, who showed some positive signs in the preseason.

As far as free agent options to replace Holmes, controversial receivers Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Plaxico Burress are still out there.

As far-fetched as that sounds, it appears that the Jets are no longer considering character when signing free agents.  Aaron Berry, the cornerback the Jets signed after the 49ers game, has multiple off-field issues, including a recent incident with firearms.  

There are also a handful of veteran wide receivers who are still available, including Jabar Gaffney, Lee Evans, Mark Clayton, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Donte' Stallworth.

Sanchez, who appears lost when his weapons are taken away, was steadfast in belief that the Jets need to keep moving forward.

“Well, we’re going to have to. What are we going to do? We can’t just not show up,” the quarterback said. “We’ve got to play and we’ve got to play better than we did today no matter who’s out there.  There’s some great ability in that room, in that receiver room, so they’ll have to pick up the slack.” (h/t Mark Hale, New York Post)

For the time being, it seems like this injury won't force Holmes to miss the remainder of the season.  The Jets haven't said much regarding the injury just yet, but they seem positive in their remarks when compared to the dour mood following the Darrelle Revis injury.


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