There’s been a rush of positive reports about Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes‘ condition after a long stay on the shelf because of a foot injury.
General Manager John Idzik said that Holmes was close to returning and fellow wideout Stephen Hill said that Holmes has been telling his teammates that he’s ready to play, but Holmes sounded a less positive note when speaking with reporters on Wednesday. When asked about head coach Rex Ryan saying that Holmes looks like he’s in great shape, Holmes said that “looks can be deceiving.”
“I say that with a smile, because if I actually felt as good as I looked, I’d definitely be at 100 percent,” Holmes said, via Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com.
Holmes still isn’t cutting and said that any positive reports about catching passes from Geno Smith before the team’s second preseason game were blown out of proportion because all he was doing was running in a straight line. Holmes also said that he still feels pain in his foot every day and reiterated that he can’t say whether or not he’ll be healthy enough to play at all this season, although he stressed that he’s doing everything he can to make sure he does play for the Jets this year.
It adds up to pretty much the same status quo for the receiver that’s been in place for a while. There remains a decent chance that Holmes is able to play for the Jets this season, but any idea of when that might be is speculative at best.