Injuries have dominated the attention of the New York Jets medical staff, but it appears patience is the name of the game right now in Florham Park.
After undergoing a procedure on his left knee, Stephen Hill has experienced swelling during minicamp this week. The second year wideout understands that it's a long road to recovery.
"Yeah, it's definitely gone down," Hill said of the swelling in his knee. "We just made sure we taped it up a little bit, make sure everything's stable, no swelling's going to happen today.
Santonio Holmes, another Jets' wide receiver healing from injury has attended minicamp but is expected to be placed on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp. Still nursing his Lisfranc foot injury, Holmes is stepping into a leadership role albeit from the sidelines.
"Santonio has been a 100 percent support system (for me) since last year," mentioned Hill. "He's teaching us stuff (about) off the field issues and on the field issues. Just making sure that we're doing (the) right thing, staying into it if we're not practicing or anything like that, making sure we're still in it mentally since we can't be out there physically. He's been a great support system, just like Coach Sanjay (Lal) and Coach Marty (Mornhinweg) just making sure they're coaching us up as much as they can."
Hill recognizes that he's not fully healthy, but is still relishing the stiff competition at the Atlantic Health Training center.
"Going against (Antonio Cromartie), Kyle (Wilson), (Aaron Berry), all these corners, it's always a challenge," admitted Hill. "You're going to have a challenge in a game, you're probably going to have maybe one or maybe two, but this cornerback corps is really strong and I can't wait to see them out here playing. That's what I'm definitely trying to do, just pay attention to detail and get in that competition."
New York's wide receiving corps has been decimated by injuries. Slot man Jeremy Kerley aggravated his heel but returned to the practice field last week.
"It's good," said Kerley of his heel. "I just made a bad cut earlier in OTAs. I just didn't want to make it worse."
The Jets have been snake-bitten by injury which is a causing uneasiness amongst the coaching staff. Kerley acknowledged the litany of setbacks afflicting Gang Green's wideouts, but was encouraged by the work ethic of the players healthy enough to practice.
"We have some guys banged up," noted Kerley. "It will be good to get Santonio (Holmes) back. He has to do his thing, take his time and get healed up. You don't want to bring him back too early and then (he) re-injures his foot again. He'll be big part of the offense. I feel like the guys that are out there right now are working hard, trying to get better, trying to stay healthy. We like the pace, we like the offense. I love the offense. All we can do is try to build each other up and stay injury free."