In response to the boast from Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie that he’s the second-best receiver on the team, the team’s first-best receiver said that the receivers will play on their side of the ball, and that Cromartie will play on his.
On Saturday night, Cromartie did. And the notoriously non-contact corner applied a hit to Santonio Holmes that caused fear Holmes had broken a rib.
“I mean it’s just one of those things where literally, he got hit in the ribs, made a real nice catch, converted that third down,” coach Rex Ryan said after Saturday night’s scrimmage, in quotes distributed by the team. “But, there’s some concern that he may have broken that rib.”
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, X-rays on the ribs were negative. Which is positive.
It doesn’t mean there’s no damage. It only means that bones aren’t broken. (As anyone who ever has sustained bruised rib cartilage knows, that specific condition can hurt as much as broken ribs.)
And so, per the source, Holmes is day-to-day.
He also has been dealing with tightness in his hamstrings, which recently caused him to miss some practice time.