After suffering a Lisfranc injury to his foot last season, Jets receiver Santonio Holmes missed the final 12 games and then had to restructure his contract. On Saturday, the news wasn't much better as he told the NY Daily News he's still not sure when he'll be ready to play.
Although Holmes has said in the past that his target date to return was the first day of training camp, he told the paper he wasn't sure if he'd be placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to start camp. He also wouldn't say if he'd be ready to play by Week 1 of the regular season.
Holmes has mostly been running on a machine, meaning he hasn't fully put his weight on the foot while exercising, and it sounds like his football activities have been minimal. He reportedly also isn't healthy enough to make cuts while running.
Meanwhile, Holmes has been wondering whether he'll be the same quality player he was before the injury (though you'd have to go back to the 2009 season in order to consider him a top-notch receiver).
"Mentally, that's all I can think about,” he told the Daily News.
Holmes said in the past he had been diagnosed with a Grade 4 Lisfranc injury (the worst kind), and he's had screws and a plate inserted into his foot -- they were then removed in another surgery in March).
If Holmes isn't ready for the start of the season, that means the Jets and either quarterback Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith would have to decide between throwing to inexperienced receivers like Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley or Clyde Gates. Which, for a team that's in danger of losing its head coach with another subpar season, can't be a comforting feeling.