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Report: Santonio resisting practice despite medical clearance

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Jets receiver Santonio Holmes still isn’t practicing, 11 months after suffering a Lisfranc injury in his left foot. But the doctor who treated Holmes’s injury reportedly thinks Holmes could practice if he wanted.

Dr. Robert Anderson, who operated on Holmes, has cleared Holmes to begin football activities, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. Holmes, however, has resisted returning to the field.

According to the report, many people around the Jets think Holmes just wants to avoid having to go through training camp practices. Some around the team think Holmes will suddenly declare himself good to go at the start of the season.

Holmes wouldn’t even answer definitively when asked if he’ll play at all this season.

“I don’t know how to answer that question as far as missing the whole season,” he said. “We have 16 weeks of football. At any point, I could be ready to play and if not I’d be willing to accept it.“

Ultimately, the date of Holmes’s return is a decision that only Holmes can make. And he doesn’t appear to be in a hurry.

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  1. smalltownqb says: Aug 22, 2013 3:22 PM

    That is what a guaranteed 7.5M gets you.

  2. ryann252013 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:22 PM

    The dudes toes were separated from his foot, if he doesn’t feel he can contribute with how he feels right now there is nothing wrong with it.
    If he played now he’s potentially hurting the team and his career. But he shouldn’t sit out the whole season.

  3. donmcg2012 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:22 PM

    Guys a real head case. Last week he was ok and couldn’t wait and was itching to practice. Now this week he’s talking about missing the season? As a Buckeye fan Santonio you’re a complete embarrassment.

  4. rc33 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:23 PM

    woof, woof

  5. descendency says: Aug 22, 2013 3:25 PM

    Practice… We talkin’ ’bout practice, man. Practice.

  6. tommyc0606 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:26 PM

    Santonio holmes and derrick rose have alot in common

  7. steelerben says: Aug 22, 2013 3:26 PM

    Unlike Rex, Santonio has been watching the offense. He wants no part of that.

  8. ctattles says: Aug 22, 2013 3:27 PM

    Thats different.

  9. gbmickey says: Aug 22, 2013 3:28 PM

    A diva wide receiver who really isnt that good. The guy should just be benched when he finally feels well enough to return but given Rex’s history that would never happen.

  10. restonraven says: Aug 22, 2013 3:30 PM

    Practice…..we talkin’ about practice.

  11. arrogantnation says: Aug 22, 2013 3:31 PM

    This guy is a mess, but if my quarterback options were Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith then I would hold out as well.

  12. newmarketmaulers says: Aug 22, 2013 3:31 PM

    They should make him Captain.

    Oh, wait…

  13. kd75 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:31 PM

    Derrick Rose fully supports this decision.

  14. whatwhat2013 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:31 PM

    Future headline: Santonio Traded to 49ers.

  15. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 22, 2013 3:32 PM

    I told you he was dogging it. Lol, Jests.

  16. northernwisc says: Aug 22, 2013 3:33 PM

    ryann252013 says:
    Aug 22, 2013 3:22 PM

    “If he played now he’s potentially hurting the team and his career.”

    Regardless if he played now or not – he has already hurt the team and his career…….. He should just retire and get it over with. No team with a chance of doing anything will waste their time on him.

  17. zoneread510 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:33 PM

    Play Like a Jet!!!

  18. jack3dsd says: Aug 22, 2013 3:34 PM

    Derrick Rose syndrome

  19. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 22, 2013 3:35 PM

    This is why he is no longer a Steeler.


  20. mavix27 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:35 PM

    Santonio is a cancer and a punk. He’s holding the team hostage cause he doesn’t want to play this season.

  21. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 22, 2013 3:36 PM

    NFL style welfare/disability cheat.
    They need to put a private eye in him.

  22. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 22, 2013 3:39 PM

    The Yamkees are laughing at the Jets for that contract.

  23. footballfan says: Aug 22, 2013 3:40 PM

    Total bust since he left Pittsburgh. I am sure no one there is crying about him leaving anymore!!

  24. ccjcsr says: Aug 22, 2013 3:41 PM

    Kobe can teach these guys a thing or two about dedication and committment to the game.

    Jameis Winston is solid!


  25. myditkainyourbutkis says: Aug 22, 2013 3:41 PM

    USC’s current WR corps would beat out ever WR on the Jets squad right now no problem. The only question that remains?

    How will the Jets drop back from the #1 pick to draft Marquis Lee?

  26. sandblastermoron says: Aug 22, 2013 3:45 PM

    Well atleast the circus is in green bay!

  27. greenlantern75 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:45 PM

    This is just bizarre….what is entirely glossed over is why the Jets are allowing this…Assuming he is medically cleared to play by team doctors (assuming this guy counts as team doctor), doesn’t his contract and CBA stipulate he HAS to practice / play or else he is forfeiting salary?

    The Jets obviously have to play it that way, but odd that you never even here this floated by media as an option…Basically “Santonio will play when Santonio decides he can play”, but Santonio apparently will collect the $7.5M he is owed?…something is fishy there…

  28. bigbens69taintedlove says: Aug 22, 2013 3:45 PM

    Jets fans are getting the team that they deserve. A bunch of Long Island and north jersey trash rooting for a trash squad. Fireman Ed is a degenerate drunkard yet is held up as some symbol of New York pride. They deserve to be regarded on the same plane as that cesspool in Cleveland but because they’re je…New York, Espn broadcasts them like some shiny exemplar of a franchise.

  29. greenlantern75 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:45 PM

    Correction: ‘The Jets DON’T obviously have to play it that way,’

  30. brownsbacker63 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:46 PM

    This guy is fine example of what is wrong with the NFL, overpaid players who don’t want to earn their money, who choose when they want to do training camp or practice. Give it time, he will be on the news after he is out of football and broke!

    Complete disgrace to the Buckeye Nation!

  31. reesesteel23 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:46 PM


    Apples and Oranges

  32. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:46 PM

    Always loathed Santurdio, but I think at this point we all know that team doctors rarely have the player’s best interest at heart.

    Hard to tell which one is more full of it in this case

  33. officialgame says: Aug 22, 2013 3:48 PM

    That’s what working out with Andrew Bynum does for you.

  34. datageek94 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:48 PM

    The polar opposite of a team player. Unbelievable.

  35. trollsetter says: Aug 22, 2013 3:51 PM


  36. mogogo1 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:51 PM

    I’ve never liked Holmes, but in this one I can certainly see where he’s coming from. These are painful injuries that some guys never fully come back from. Skipping out on any extra stress on that foot from the pointless farce that is the NFL preseason is probably a good idea. Even if he wanted to play right now, I’d practice him but probably not play him. No sense risking further injury until it actually matters in the regular season.

  37. Kaz says: Aug 22, 2013 3:53 PM

    What a tool.

  38. frankiesweep says: Aug 22, 2013 3:53 PM

    this guy is a dog…. another waste of money.

  39. buddysguys says: Aug 22, 2013 3:54 PM

    How is he still on a team? He should have been a cap casualty along time ago.

  40. wicoltsfan2013 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:54 PM

    That is a great “Duffnering” pose in the pic of him.

  41. ampats says: Aug 22, 2013 3:59 PM

    zoneread510 says,

    Play Like a Jet !!!

    And that is exactly what Santonio Holmes is doing.

  42. CKL says: Aug 22, 2013 4:05 PM

    Hmmm I wonder if his former teammate La Dainian Tomlinson gave him any tips on how to be medically cleared to refuse to play when his team desperately needed him?

    This contract is a big reason Tannenbaum is gone in my opinion. Just an inexcusably awful decision for both on and off the field reasons. I don’t know of any Jets fans who liked the extension let alone not cutting him.

  43. toybkshr says: Aug 22, 2013 4:06 PM

    Anybody surprised?

  44. phillycass says: Aug 22, 2013 4:09 PM

    not a game… practice!

  45. arnoldziffel says: Aug 22, 2013 4:11 PM

    What genius in the Jet organization thought it was a good idea to guarantee this clown’s contract?

    What were they afraid of – that he would go someplace else?

  46. deenice810 says: Aug 22, 2013 4:13 PM

    Trying to catch passes from Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith might be more painful than a Lisfranc injury.

  47. skinsrock says: Aug 22, 2013 4:15 PM

    When the Steelers want to get rid of a good player… Every GM should run the other way.

  48. dgreenfi says: Aug 22, 2013 4:17 PM

    Refusal to practice, a true tribute to Allen Iverson’s retirement.

  49. beardinals says: Aug 22, 2013 4:17 PM

    Time for the gold watch?

  50. tombradyswig says: Aug 22, 2013 4:20 PM

    youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 22, 2013 3:35 PM

    This is why he is no longer a Steeler.


    this has to be a complete joke!!!! your starting RB, leveon bell, has a lisfraync injury, and may be out 10-12 weeks, you passed up on eddie lacy in the draft b/c of injury concerns!LOL

    Heath Miller is out for a while and your defense as a WHOLE is horrible!!!!

    The only thing you have going for you is Ben the raper!! If that is all you have going for you, you’ve got major issues!!!!!



  51. wrdtoyrmama says: Aug 22, 2013 4:33 PM

    First off, the contract was way too generous, and it cost a couple other Jets their jobs, but it shut Santonio up, as well as made him a Jet.

    Jets doubled down on that mistake by not cutting him in the Spring of 2012, thus guaranteeing him 2013’s salary, after a meltdown in Miami late in the 2011 season. If they had cut him early in 2012, they wouldn’t be going through this now.

    However, whatever Santonio’s condition is, he’ll surely be cut by the Jets after this season.
    So it would stand to reason that Holmes will need to get on the field sometime this season in order to establish some value, and get a decent offer for next season.

  52. newyorkgmen says: Aug 22, 2013 4:55 PM


  53. multiplemiggs says: Aug 22, 2013 5:02 PM

    long island, je…new jersey trash lol….because Pittsburgh is SO much nicer right? LOL Pittsburgh, where Curtis Martin’s grandma was murdered in her own bed by having a samurai sword driven thru her torso…Pittsburgh a great place to send the kids to school! hahaha this guys gotta be kidding me.

  54. brennankm46 says: Aug 22, 2013 5:12 PM

    This sounds a lot like Derek Rose in every aspect except one: no one likes Holmes, so they won’t give him the benefit of the “he knows his own body, let him take his time” doubt.

  55. green41563 says: Aug 22, 2013 5:20 PM

    Holmes may have a history of being a headcase, but no doctor can tell you what he feels.

    People did this sort of thing with J.R. Richard in 1980. He complained that he wasn’t right; the doctors cleared him; the fans called him lazy; and then he had a stroke.

  56. harnovo says: Aug 22, 2013 5:21 PM

    Well, this is one way to try and get traded from the biggest circus in football.

  57. vaster says: Aug 22, 2013 5:32 PM

    “As a Buckeye fan Santonio you’re a complete embarrassment.”

    Winning a Superbowl MVP is a complete embarrassment then Maurice Clarrett, Jim Tressel and Vernon Gholston must be totally awesome in your mid western fantasy land.

  58. EJ says: Aug 22, 2013 5:34 PM

    If he is cleared by the team Doctor, then he should be fined daily by the Jets for not reporting to practice.

  59. bighurt228 says: Aug 22, 2013 5:36 PM

    The Not Yets should bounce this waste out of that stadium. He’s a lazy player who pouts when he doesn’t want to play. That’s why Pitt dumped him.

  60. newjerseygiants says: Aug 22, 2013 5:37 PM

    If he’s good to go according to doctor and then refuses to play, they should have the ability to cut him and void the contract. Loser.

  61. keylimelight says: Aug 22, 2013 5:40 PM

    mogogo1 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:51 PM

    “No sense risking further injury until it actually matters in the regular season.”

    Professional football players risk injury every single day they’re out there. This offseason has shown us that injuries happen during practice, too.

    My view is that Holmes, now that he’s got a big pile of coin from the Jets, isn’t happy about playing for that franchise given what an absolute mess the offensive is.

    They used a high draft pick on a QB with questionable talent (and questionable heart) and are keeping the same turkey QB that performed so poorly last season.

    I can’t blame Holmes for feeling that way, frankly, the Jets prospect for success on the O side is dismal, but by holding out, he’s more part of the problem than he is a solution. I don’t like his attitude.

  62. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 22, 2013 5:43 PM

    Holmes follows his own recovery program. It involves plenty of rest and home grown herbal remedies to manage pain.

  63. 49erlifer says: Aug 22, 2013 5:46 PM

    I thought he blew a knee against niners? shouldnt that be his major concern?

  64. northstarnic says: Aug 22, 2013 5:47 PM

    Whatever. If it’s D. Rose it’s okay. If it’s a member if the Jets, must be milking it. And by the way, this isn’t basketball. Little more at stake if the old body parts aren’t ready to go when a player takes the field.

  65. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 22, 2013 6:08 PM

    tombradyswig says:
    Aug 22, 2013 4:20 PM

    Heath Miller is out for a while and your defense as a WHOLE is horrible!!!!

    We ranked #1 last year on defense. Jealous much?

  66. contract says: Aug 22, 2013 6:11 PM

    Just put him on IR and get rid of the distraction. It’s not like he’s a difference maker at this point anyway.

  67. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 22, 2013 6:15 PM

    Bad Apple in Big Apple. He doesn’t deserve NY.

  68. painsyndicate says: Aug 22, 2013 6:41 PM

    Fat Albert Haynesworth gives Santonio two thumbs-up with a dead fish belly flop.

  69. ocgunslinger says: Aug 22, 2013 7:06 PM

    Dude could not carry Kobe’s jock.

  70. jrcoop says: Aug 22, 2013 7:07 PM

    I thought I read that he couldn’t wait to get out there with his team mates. Maybe that was a different player.

  71. floridafootballologist says: Aug 22, 2013 7:39 PM

    “How is he still on a team? He should have been a cap casualty along time ago.”
    He’s not. He’s on the jests. Haven’t you read how it is in their locker room?

  72. harry1941 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:39 PM

    The Jets don’t want NE to know they’re up to. Holmes is Practicing under cover with Geno. The Jets don’t trust Bill Belicrap sending spies to the Jets Practice. Taken down formation on where each player will be.

  73. thepittsburghkid says: Aug 23, 2013 11:20 AM

    Remember when the Jets stole him from the Steelers? Yeah, me neither.

  74. bighurt228 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:41 PM

    He’s gonna be a head waiter at fat Albert restaurant.

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