Just four days from the season opener Santonio Holmes still isn't giving any hints about whether he'll play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium.

"Still don't know" Holmes said Wednesday. "Still haven't gotten any words from the docs yet on whether I should be playing or not. We're just going to keep playing it by ear now."

The New York Jets could desperately use Holmes as they prepare to face Tampa Bay's retooled secondary that includes former Jet Darrelle Revis. Holmes has not played since suffering a Lisfranc fracture on Sept. 30 2012 and undergoing two corresponding surgeries. Holmes had a limited practice Wednesday.

"Like I said before I have a long career and don't want to get out there and do anything to jeopardize that up to 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."

Holmes who has been very cautious when discussing his return did acknowledge that he expects to play this season. Since the Jets did not keep him on the PUP list to start the season the team expects to have him back by the sixth game at the latest.

The veteran receiver said he feels pretty good about the things he's been doing during practices which he continued to describe as limited and said he's still not doing his route running and other facets of his game nearly as well as he's been accustomed to during his career. Regarding Sunday's opener Holmes said he expects the final decision will come just before the game.

"I would like to help the team out as much as possible" Holmes said. "If I'm ready to go or if I'm limited to play in this game I'm going to give 100 percent effort I can give with the amount of plays that I'm probably allowed to play."