In a move that’s been expected for awhile now, the New York Jets have placed Santonio Holmes on the PUP list to start training camp. The veteran wide receiver suffered a grade four Lisfranc fracture (the worst kind) early on in the 2012 season and he recently admitted that the recovery has been very challenging.
“It’s really difficult to learn how to walk again. To do so much balance work, you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. To lose a ligament and have separation in your joints, have screws placed in.”
Holmes is referring to the fact that he had a plate temporarily inserted in his foot and that he now has two permanent screws in place for support. Just the fact that he’s saying he had to learn to walk again should be concerning to Jets’ fans. Forget being ready for training camp or week one – it sounds like New York will be lucky to get him back by mid-season.
If the wide receiver remains on the PUP list to start the year, then he must sit out six games. The safe bet is that he will remain on the PUP list, because he just doesn’t sound like a guy who’s anywhere near ready to return to live action.
The Jets have already restructured Holmes’ contract this season by reducing his guaranteed base salary by $3.5 million, and this also happens to be the last year he’s owed guaranteed base salary. With this terrible injury and a changing contract ahead, it’s very possible Holmes’ days with the Jets could be numbered.
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