Jets WR Holmes won’t start running until April
Santonio Holmes has been off his feet and away from the football
field for a few months.
It will be at least April before the New York Jets wide receiver
can run again as he heals from the serious foot injury that ended
his season in September.
”I mean, I accepted it once it happened,” Holmes said Monday
night at a charity event, speaking publicly for the first time
since he was hurt. ”Football season was over, so I just expanded
my mind by reading more and spending more time with my kids, being
Holmes is still in a bulky walking boot and will have surgery in
February to remove the metal plate that was inserted to help repair
his left foot, which he injured on Sept. 30. He said doctors told
him he will likely be able to start running in April, but is
uncertain if he’ll be ready for the start of training camp next
”We have a while to go yet,” he said.
The wide receiver was hosting an event through his III &
Long Foundation at Jersey Lanes bowling alley to support families
and children suffering from sickle cell anemia, including his son
Santonio III. A handful of his Jets teammates, including linebacker
Bart Scott and running backs Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight, were
expected to attend.
Holmes has been home in Florida since having surgery in October
and returned to the team’s facility in Florham Park for the first
time last Friday – in time to be included in the Jets’ team photo.
Holmes said the long layoff has made him miss his teammates and the
”It puts you in a mind-frame of relaxation, but at the same
time, it’s a recovery process that you go through,” he said.
”Mentally, it kind of brings you down at times because you can’t
be active. It’s been over 20 years that I’ve been playing this
sport and it’s the first time I’ve suffered a significant injury
where I can’t play and continue the season.”
Holmes went down on the first play of the fourth quarter of the
Jets’ 34-0 loss to San Francisco after catching a short pass, which
he fumbled as he tossed the ball away, with Carlos Rogers returning
it 51 yards for a touchdown. It came a week after the Jets lost
cornerback Darrelle Revis to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in
his left knee, leaving New York without its two biggest
”I knew the minute I didn’t get off the ground that my season
was over,” Holmes said.
He has stayed in touch every week with coach Rex Ryan, keeping
up with the team through phone calls and text messages as it
struggles to try to keep its playoff hopes alive. The wide
receiver, however, stayed away from commenting on the Jets’
uncertain quarterback situation. Ryan said he is undecided on
whether Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow or Greg McElroy will start Sunday
”If I get involved with that, I’m going to be the talk of the
world,” Holmes said, laughing. ”I’ll stay on the IR list and keep
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