Wide receiver Santonio Holmes hasn't sounded too confident about his health heading into the New York Jets' Week 1 game at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But this report from the New York Post suggests "[a]ll indications are Holmes will be out there" for the game. Holmes is returning from a Lisfranc injury, which required two surgeries and kept him off the field for most of the offseason program. Jets head coach Rex Ryan said that Holmes' absence from practice on Thursday was a scheduled day off and that there has been no setback in his return.
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At least on the surface, Holmes is projecting some doubt about his condition. He said he hasn't been able to run or cut like he did previously.
“I still don’t know,” Holmes said. “Still haven’t gotten any word from the doctors yet on whether I should be playing or not, so I’m just going to keep playing it by ear.”
As if the Jets needed anymore doubt. Their season already has gotten off to a rough start with the quarterback mess, and Holmes' situation adds just one more layer of intrigue and potential worry. He appears to want to play it safely, just as the team appears to need him most.
“Like I said before, I have a long career, and I don’t want to go out there and do anything to jeopardize that up until this point,” Holmes said. “We have 16 games to play this season and hopefully I can play in all 16, but if not, we’ll have to deal with what I can do.”
No other team right now appears to have a bigger disconnect between its players and coaches on the subject of health and availability.