Santonio Holmes may not be ready for the season-opener (USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is still recovering from a Lisfranc foot injury and is not expected to be ready when the team opens training camp next Friday.
According to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, Holmes has no timetable to return and the veteran receiver could miss the regular season-opener against Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I don't have a target date," Holmes said of his recovery on Saturday. "I don't want to do anything to jeopardize myself being ready for the season."
Holmes had 20 receptions for 272 yards and a touchdown before suffering the season-ending injury in a Week 4 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 30, 2012. According to Walder, Holmes says he's been running on a non-weight bearing treadmill a few times per week, but has done minimal football activities during his rehabilitation.
"It's just getting back into the swing of walking and running without any pains from having scar tissue build up around the injury," said Holmes. "It's really difficult to learn how to walk again. To do so much balance work, you don't realize what you have until it's gone. To lose a ligament and have separation in your joints, have screws placed in."
The Jets will place Holmes on the "Active/Physically Unable to Perform" list at the start of training camp, a necessary administrative step in order to maintain the ability to place Holmes on the "Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform" list when cutting down to a 53-man roster. In order for a player to be placed on the "Reserve/PUP" list, he must be on the "Active/PUP" list. If Holmes does land on the "Reserve/PUP" list, he will have to sit out the first six weeks of the regular season. That would mean his earliest action would be in a home game against the New England Patriots on Oct. 20.
If Holmes misses the first six games, the Jets would have to rely on Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Clyde Gates, Jordan White and Ben Obomanu at the receiver position.
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