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Santonio Holmes’ return immediately upgrades the Jets’ pass catchers. (USATSI) It’s probably too soon to declare the season saved, but the Jets offense received some good news Friday: Santonio Holmeswas moved from the Physically-Unable-to-Perform list to the active roster. The wide receiver suffered a Lisfranc injury 11 months ago, underwent two surgeries during that time, and has been rehabbing ever since.
Next up: Getting Holmes on the field where he will immediately become the Jets’ biggest (only?) playmaker.
“We’re all going to lean on the trainers and doctors, and when they say he’s ready to go, he’ll be chomping at the bit, I can tell you that right now,” coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday, via NewYorkJets.com. “He’s excited. I think he’s in great shape. Hopefully he can get on the field soon.”
It’s not clear when Holmes will be healthy enough to play. When asked if he was close to 100 percent, he said, “There’s no percentage right now. I’m not able to be at Santonio Holmes’ level of competition, so right now, it’s just going with what I can give. … “At any point, I could be ready to play,” he said. “And if not, I’ll be willing to accept it.”
This latest development comes on the heels of a New York Post report that Holmes was milking his injury to avoid the daily grind of training camp.
“There is a theory around the Jets that Holmes will suddenly pronounce himself ready to play when the regular season arrives in two weeks and training camp is through,” the Post‘s Bria Costello wrote Thursday. “Holmes also missed most of last year’s training camp with what was listed as ‘general body soreness’ and then a rib injury.
“Others inside the Jets think Holmes could wait to see how the team starts the season before deciding when to play. If the team is losing, he may wait a while. If things are going well, he will join the party.”
Wherever the truth lies, the Jets are in desperate need of big-play threat. With Holmes out, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley are the starting wide receivers, with Braylon Edwards, Clyde Gates and Mohamed Massoquoi listed as backups. For some perspective, Edwards was signed off the street last month; Gates was a roster casualty of the 2012 Dolphins, a team desperate for wide receivers; and Massaquoi was just released by the Jaguars.
Holmes, meanwhile, is entering the third year of a five-year, $45 million contract. He’ll count $9 million against the salary cap in 2013. That’s a lot of money for a mercurial, often-hurt pass catcher, but the ability is there. That’s just easy to forget, what with all the other Jets-related distractions.
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