Santonio Holmes the Jets’ best wide receiver and a potential weapon in their new West Coast offense offered no indication Tuesday about the likelihood of him playing in the Sept. 8 opener against Tampa Bay. Holmes ran routes on the field before Saturday’s game against the Giants. Route running and hard cutting were going to be the next step for him in his recovery from a Lisfranc (mid-foot) fracture to his left foot an injury he suffered Sept. 30 against San Francisco. Until the Giants pregame Holmes had just done straight-ahead running. He said he is not 100 percent and when asked whether he could play at less than 100 percent he said “I have a long career ahead of me so I’m going to take the best risk and the best chances for myself and for the team.” Holmes was added Friday to the active roster making him eligible to play against Tampa Bay. He returned to practice in shoulder pads Monday for the first time since getting hurt. He participated on a limited basis as he did Tuesday. He said he has not done any route running or cutting other than what he did before the Giants game. As for his feeling on whether he will play in Week 1 he said “It’s coach’s decision. Doctors still have to continue evaluating me. It’s been a long process. I’ve come a long way up until this point. I can’t put any timetable on it just because my progress of doing some thing to your guys’ attention doesn’t really boost the trainers’ push for me to be on the field right away.” He was referring to reporters seeing him run routes on the field Saturday and taking that as an indication that he was progressing significantly in his recovery from two surgeries. He said he has been “really limited” in practice this week and has just been “getting a feel for what I can and cannot do right now. Going to keep that to a minimum and steadily make good progress from there. … I do drills and stuff off to the side of the field and not much team participation. “Still right now it’s getting comfortable and in the right shoe making sure the right fit is for me. I need the right cleat so that we don’t have any occurrences to reoccur at any moment.”
Jets receiver Santonio Holmes says, 'I've still got a ways to go'
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