The Jets are short on playmakers this year, making the return of wide receiver Santonio Holmes to the team a huge concern with training camp on the horizon. Holmes continues to rehab from his injury but his timetable to return is still a bit murky. The wide receiver has still kept busy this offseason by returning to Ohio State and keeping an eye on the state of the team.
Not many Jets fans heard of a Lisfranc injury before the 2012 season, but almost every one of those fans knew what the injury was after Holmes went down with that very injury on September 30th versus the San Francisco 49ers. The injury has taken Holmes on a long journey in which he has recovered from his first major injury in his entire career.
The Lisfranc injury was pretty jarring for Holmes. He was able to give insight on the injury, saying that it was a "grade four" injury, which happens to be the most severe kind. On top of the surgery, Holmes had to get a secondary surgery in March to remove plates and screws from his foot with two of those screw remaining there permanently. Sitting out for that long made Holmes unable to do something most people take for granted.
"Learning how to walk again," said Holmes. "It's been that hard to just get the feeling of your body to move in any everyday motion that you've been accustomed to for so many years."
The rehab work that he has put in will help to speed up his recovery time, which is still remains unclear. The injury doesn't have a direct timetable and it isn't a foregone conclusion he will be able to return for week 1 versus the Buccaneers. In the meantime he has been putting in the work to get back on the field.
"Rehab has been awesome," noted New York's top receiver. "I've been working really hard with J-Mel [head athletic trainer John Mellody]. "So hopefully it definitely pays off when the time comes around for me to get back on the field."
In making sure he is physically prepared for the regular season, Holmes made sure to get his mind right. The seven-year veteran went back to his roots at Ohio State where he decided to take classes this summer.
"It was actually a good thing to get back in school and get my mind off of being injured and being elsewhere," said Holmes. "I had a really good time learning and actually just getting a chance to rest the body."
There were rumors that swirled this offseason about the possibility of the wide receiver not returning this season due to his contract. Jets management was able to come to a pay cut agreement with Holmes leading him to stay with the franchise that traded for him in 2010.
"As far as taking a pay cut, that's what we all do in our profession in order to sustain a long-term career in one place," said Holmes. "You have to be willing to sacrifice for the team and for the better, not just for yourself."
Holmes is exuding the team-first attitude wherever he goes, especially concerning his inability to join teammates in workouts.
"It's an opportunity for me to teach, to learn a little bit more, to gain a different perspective of the game, to continue building on the résumé that I've created for myself and for this team," said Holmes.
The Jets are going to need Holmes this season if they plan to make any noise in the AFC, and that becomes even more imperative if Jets' receivers keep dropping passes.
"It's a learning phase for all the receivers," said Holmes. "They have a long ways to go and hopefully we clear everything up come training camp and before the season."