Several minutes after Jets practice ended yesterday injured wide receiver Santonio Holmes jogged across a soccer field carrying a football toward a group of waiting reporters. Apparently it was the most running he has done in nearly a year. When Holmes reached the reporters he told them he still has not begun to run and remains unsure when he will be able to play this season. “Right now I can’t run” Holmes said. “I continue to take it day by day and do the necessary things to get better.” It has been nearly 11 months since Holmes suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot against the 49ers in Week 4 last year. He has had two surgeries on the foot since and has spent training camp watching practice riding a stationary bike and working with the trainers. There have been various accounts of when Holmes will be back and no one around the Jets seems to have any idea when to expect the mercurial receiver to be on the field. The Post reported Holmes has told friends he expects to miss the first four games of the season. Yesterday’s update did not make it sound as if he will be back sooner than that. Asked about the possibility of playing in the season opener against the Buccaneers in four weeks Holmes did not sound optimistic. “I can’t really count that far ahead right now” Holmes said. “I have to go with the steps in front of me which is getting better today look forward to tomorrow working better than [today].” ESPN reported over the weekend there are people close to the organization who think Holmes may be milking his injury to avoid participating in training camp and he will be ready when the regular season arrives. “No comment” Holmes said about that report.
In quest to get back on field, Santonio Holmes says he can’t even run
New York Post | Aug 13