According to a tweet from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, “the feeling in the organization” is that New York Jets No. 1 wide receiver Santonio Holmes will be out for the season with a severe foot injury that may be a Lisfranc injury. More updates will be happening soon, but the fact that the Jets believe another star player will be lost for the year is terrible news.
Holmes is already expected to be out for several games, and it will be interesting to see what the update is from Dr. Robert Anderson. The Jets biggest weapon on offense- probably their only true weapon- Holmes was immediately ruled out for the Jets Week 5 game against the Houston Texans.
The 28-year-old suffered the injury on Sunday after catching a pass in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, and this comes a week after he went off for the biggest game he has had in a couple of seasons by snagging nine catches for 147 yards against the Miami Dolphins.
Although he has not been nearly as consistent as the Jets want him to be, Holmes has still been the team’s best receiver with over 50 receptions in each of his two seasons with the team. Rookie Stephen Hill may be out against Houston as well, so Jeremy Kerley and the injury prone Chaz Schilens would be the starting receivers in Week 5 without him. Kerley is a consistent receiver and tight end Dustin Keller is solid, but Keller has been dealing with hamstring issues all year.
We’ll see if the Jets choose to sign a receiver, but I wouldn’t expect Plaxico Burress to be an option. If Holmes is indeed out for the entire year, then the Jets will have to hope Hill can emerge very early on in his career. Mark Sanchez is definitely worse off without his only true playmaker, which deeply cuts the Jets poor offense. Without Darrelle Revis and possibly Holmes, elite passing offenses will be able to run up the score early and not look back against a Jets team that could be one of the worst teams in the league when it’s all said and done. That’s the schematic impact of losing your best weapons on defense and offense.
Notice how I said weapons, because the Jets have three offensive lineman who, in all honesty, are better than Holmes.
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