New York Jets‘ fans around the country are perking up over wide receiver Stephen Hill‘s comments on Santonio Holmes‘ status for this Sunday. When asked by reporters if he thinks Holmes will play, Hill said “I think so. Yeah. I mean, he was practicing today, so…”
Based on those comments, speculation is now running rampant that Holmes will indeed be ready to suit up week one. The wide receiver’s status is of course in question following his terrible LisFranc injury nearly a year ago.
A few weeks back, no one thought Holmes had a chance to play in the opener. He was said to progressing very slowly on his recovery and the wide receiver himself acknowledged that he might not be ready to start the season. He’s still downplaying a possible return, but we are talking about pro football, where players’ true injury statuses are rarely revealed.
But is a week one return really the best thing for Holmes and the Jets? I say, no way. Again, only the WR knows how his foot truly feels, but it seems like his return is being rushed. Given the current status of the Jets, there’s no reason to rush him back. The team doesn’t even know for sure who will start at quarterback week one, so why put the top wide receiver at risk of re-injury?
If he is truly 100 percent, then the Jets should play him. They need all the play-makers they can get on the field, but putting him back out there before he’s ready will have absolutely no long-term benefits.