Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes dodged a bullet when he didn’t break any ribs after a hit in Saturday’s scrimmage, but he’s still going to be sidelined for the next little while.
Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that Holmes is still very sore and that the team expects him to be out of action for at least a week while he recovers. That would knock him out of the team’s preseason opener on Friday night against the Bengals and could leave his status in question for the annual preseason date with the Giants eight days later.
Holmes’ injury will put pressure on the rest of the Jets receiving corps to step up and prove that they are capable of doing more than getting upset by the words out of Antonio Cromartie’s mouth. Rookie Stephen Hill hasn’t been able to do much during practices and Chaz Schilens and Jeremy Kerley have both been dealing with aches and pains since the start of camp.
If that group doesn’t start showing more signs of life, the Jets will have to look elsewhere for help at receiver. With a healthy Holmes, the Jets are thin at receiver. Without him, they are pretty much invisible.