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

more supportive.”

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

at Jacksonville.

”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

it moving.”

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