For New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes, the road to recovery has not been easy.
Last season, Holmes was having a strong start to the year before suffering a devastating Lisfranc fracture in his left foot, an injury that required two surgeries and has rendered him physically unable to participate in practice.
“A Lisfranc injury is a separation of the joints in your foot,” Holmes explained. “I actually had muscle tear and joint separation, so the injury process for me was a lot longer for some guys who, say, have a Grade 1, [with] the highest being a 4. I suffered a Grade 4 injury, where I had suffered a separation and ligament damage in my foot.”
Holmes has been present at the Jets’ practice facility for OTAs and mini-camp, but he’s been limited to doing mental reps with his new playbook, and he’s also helped mentor his young teammates in the receiving corps.
Head coach Rex Ryan indicated that the Jets will likely place Holmes on the Physically Unable to Perform list if he is not fully recovered by the start of training camp. They’re not going to rush him back before he’s ready.
But even with a season lost and another in jeopardy, Holmes is staying upbeat through it all. The former Super Bowl MVP is working hard to get healthy and back on the field, and he’s determined to make it happen soon.
“My target date is to be ready for training camp,” he said. “That’s the only thing right now that I’m focused on is as much rehab as possible, getting back into running and conditioning and then be ready for training camp.”
While we don’t know the exact date that we’ll see Santonio Holmes back on the field, he and the Jets are confident that he can rebound and make a major impact on offense this season. It’s only a matter of when.