For the 2nd time in 9 days, the N.Y Jets reported a season-ending injury to one of their best players. This time, it’s WR Santonio Holmes, who will have surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury to his left foot.
The Jets waited to reveal the bad news, but they were braced for the worst-case eventuality. Anticipating it, they signed veteran wide receiver Jason Hill and cleared a roster spot by placing Holmes on injured reserve.
In back-to-back games, the Jets lost possibly their most critical non-quarterback players. The bad luck started with All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, who tore the ACL in left knee and will miss the remainder of the season. Both injuries were non-contact.
“How many people are going to feel sorry for the New York Jets?” Rex Ryan asked. “I know the solution to that – nobody.”
The team didn’t divulge the precise nature of Holmes’ injury, but a Lisfranc — a mid-foot sprain or fracture — is probably one of the hardest foot injuries to recover from. Ryan related the doctors are confident Holmes “will make a full recovery and be prepared for roll for next year.”
The N.Y Jets still have a large monetary commitment to Holmes, who’s in the 2nd year of a 5-year, $45 million deal. In 2013, he’s guaranteed $7.5 million of his $11 million income.
In the meantime, the Jets will be without their top playmaker on offense, weakening a unit that already has struggled mightily. The offense has produced only 2 touchdowns in the last 12-plus quarters, fueling a QB controversy with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Ryan is sticking with Sanchez, whose supporting cast has eroded. Sports scores
Sanchez will face the undefeated Houston Texans Monday night without Holmes and, possibly, wide receiver Stephen Hill and tight end Dustin Keller, both of whom are recovering from hamstring injuries.
The starting wideouts potentially will be Chaz Schilens and Jeremy Kerley, who’ve got a combined total of only 117 career receptions. The top backup is Clyde Gates, whom they picked up on waivers at the end of the preseason. Ryan put on a brave face, insisting his slumping team will overcome the adversity.
“It does check the resolve of your team, but I think that’s one of our strengths,” claimed Ryan, whose team didn’t show really much resolve in a 34-0 loss to the S.F 49ers that owner Woody Johnson deemed “completely unacceptable.”
The loss of Holmes, injured on the 1st play of the 4th quarter, will allow defenses to overplay the running game (ranked 24th) and blitz Sanchez with more frequency.
“Obviously, it is a big loss for us,” Ryan related. “Santonio is among the top receivers in the game – a huge loss. With that comes opportunity for others to step up.”
The New York Jets passed on the chance to re-sign free agent Plaxico Burress, who scored 8 touchdowns for them last season. Burress never was a consideration, according to a source, saying the organization wished to make a clean break from last season.