Reports swirled on Tuesday that the Jets feared the worst when it came to Holmes injury, similar to the way things went with Darrelle Revis, when the cornerback suffered a season-ending injury after Week 3.
"My understanding is he's going to be back and he'll make a full recovery and be ready to roll next year," Rex Ryan said on Wednesday.
Ryan said on Monday that Holmes was "doubtful" for Week 5 and could possibly miss a few games. Clearly, he was underselling an injury (or was simply being, ahem, cautiously optimistic) that drastically changes the makeup of a team that was worse on offense than we could've imagined.
"It does check the resolve of your team, but I think that's one of our strengths," Ryan said. "It's unfortunate, but that's what happens."
As for the giant, left-handed elephant in the room, Ryan likely still won't commit to putting Tim Tebow in the starting lineup for now. He gave Mark Sanchez a vote of confidence on Monday despite a goose egg from the Jets offense and there's a good bet that you'll see Sanchez start against the Texans on Monday as well.
"If there was going to be any strategical change, I certainly wouldn't bring it up," Ryan said. "But we have some guys who can play out there, no doubt."
The problem is the number of guys who can play is dwindling rapidly. Joe McKnight's been moved to corner, Shonn Greene's been moved out of the starting lineup and either Stephen Hill or Jeremy Kerley is the team's best wide receiver.
Or maybe it could be Jason Hill, who the team signed as a corresponding move to end Holmes' season. He should do wonders for the chemistry too, since the last time we discussed him, he was calling the Jets and Revis "overhyped."
Get your popcorn, kids.