If the Jets are going to have any hope of a competent passing game in 2013 they need wide receiver Santonio Holmes on the field. Speaking at a flag football event on Saturday, the Jets top receiver wouldn’t make any promises regarding when he will be back on the field, but displayed an optimistic view that he will be ready to go when the Jets open their season against Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 8th.
“Once the season gets ready to start, hopefully I’ll be ready to roll,” Holmes told the the New York Daily News.
Patience is the key to Holmes’ recovery at the moment. He has been running on a non-weight bearing treadmill three times a week but has done minimal football activities so far.
“I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize myself being ready for the season.” said Holmes. “It’s just getting back into the swing of walking and running without any pains from having scar tissue build up around the injury. It’s really difficult to learn how to walk again. To do so much balance work, you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. To lose a ligament and have separation in your joints, have screws placed in.”
Holmes suffered a grade-4 lisfranc injury – the severest of it’s kind – against the San Francisco 49ers late last September, an injury that’s been known to end careers. However, Holmes expressed that “he’d been making great progress every day, and his aim was to “continue to make great progress and not have any setbacks.”