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New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes Likely to Begin Camp on the PUP List, But Still in Good Spirits

Santonio Holmes

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The road to recovery from a Grade 4 Lisfranc injury has been a been an arduous one for New York Jets wideout Santonio Holmes. However, it hasn’t stopped Holmes from staying positive and doing good in the community.

Saturday afternoon in New York City, Holmes participated in a charity flag football event sponsored by the guys at uSTADIUM, in which the still-recovering Holmes spoke about the challenges of his Lisfranc injury rehab.

Having suffered a complete muscle tear and joint separation in his left foot, it’s been a challenge for Holmes to even walk without a limp, much less get out on an NFL field again and compete with the best in the business.

“It’s really difficult to learn how to walk again,” he said. “I’ve been doing so much balance work and you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. … It really takes time to get back into the swing of things.”

With training camp right around the corner, Holmes said he’s still taking things day to day, and it will be difficult to expect him to practice any time soon. That means his status for the season opener is very much up in the air.

“I don’t have a [specific] target date,” he said. “It’s only at an extent where trainers want to see the movement, going through the motions. … We’ve been doing quite a bit of things in rehab and it’s starting to get better.”

“We’re making progress every day and that’s all the coaches and trainers are looking for, to continue to make progress every day and not have any setbacks. The season starts in September, [not July].”

Holmes will likely begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which will allow him to ease into the lineup as his body is physically ready for it, and he won’t have to rush to try to get back to the field prematurely.

Meanwhile, Holmes spent most of the day at the charity event talking with fans, taking pictures and signing autographs in the blistering heat. Even in the face of a devastating injury, Santonio Holmes is staying upbeat.

He understands that, with his physical ability still very much limited by the injury, it’s his mental approach that has to remain sharp. He’s done an excellent job staying focused, and hopefully he’ll come back strong soon.

Jon Presser is RantSports.com’s New York Jets Lead Columnist
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