To nobody’s surprise, New York Jets No. 1 wide receiver Santonio Holmes still isn’t practicing due to a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans, and he should be regarded as extremely doubtful for this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The odds are definitely against the Jets this week against a team as good as the Saints, but it’s still a huge concern for them not to have Holmes back. While they are used to Holmes being a disappointment and having a difficult time recovering from injuries, they really do need him after playing as flatly as they did last week. Holmes is very inconsistent, but he’s also a very talented player.
ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini reports that Holmes and Jeff Cumberland were among those not at practice today for the Jets, and it’s unrealistic to expect either pass-catcher to play this week. It’s more tough news for Geno Smith, who is trying to do everything he can whilst slogging through rookie woes and a subpar group of pass-catchers.
Holmes ran some individual drills yesterday, but he is fully expected to make his return in Week 11. This gives Holmes plenty of time to rest and play at 100% against the Buffalo Bills in Week 11, but it also definitely hurts the Jets this week against the Saints. At this point, Jets fans can only hope that Holmes is 100% health and committed the rest of the way once he comes back. Sadly, I know a number of Jets fans who aren’t willing to put any eggs in that basket.