Jets' Holmes ready to start, but unapologetic

Jets WR Santonio Holmes is looking forward to getting his personal season started after a four-game suspension, but he said the suspension didn't change him at all. The Jets are getting other players back from injury as well.

WR Santonio Holmes practiced this week for the first time since his four-game NFL-imposed suspension was lifted.

"I was a little upbeat this morning," he said. "I was up early, walking the dog, got myself situated, driving to practice ready to go. I sat in meetings at attention. Everything was a little bit different."

Holmes, acquired from Pittsburgh in April, is expected to start Monday night against Minnesota after sitting out four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

"I'm ready to get the season started for myself," he said.

However, he certainly wasn't very introspective. When asked if the experience of being suspended had changed him, he replied, "To look in your eyes and be honest with you, not 1 percent. I've been the same person since I stepped foot in the NFL. I'll continue being the same person until I leave. I didn't have anything to think about. Everything was already done in the process. It's time to play football now."

Holmes, a former Super Bowl MVP, was arrested in 2008 for possession of marijuana and involved in a domestic violence incident in 2006.

"I'm a football player," Holmes said. "What happens off the field happens off the field. It doesn't affect anything I do or what I'm capable of doing."

"I think he's going to be a huge thing for us," coach Rex Ryan said. "He looks like he hasn't missed a beat. He looked good."

  • LB Calvin Pace, who has missed all four games this season while recuperating from surgery to fix a broken right foot, said he is a "full go" for Monday's game against Minnesota.

    When Pace was asked if he might be in for only a limited number of snaps in that game, he responded, "I'm full go, no turning back now."

    However, he admitted that sitting out Sunday's win over Buffalo turned out to be a good idea.

    "I think the extra time and not playing Sunday helped me out," he said. "We don't play until Monday, (so) every day I get more treatment. God willing Monday, it's back to normal."

    Pace added, "I really could have played (against Buffalo). I just decided I thought it would be best to give it one more week to heal up. ... I just felt like I wasn't ready to play in the game all around."

    But now? "I'm good. I really am."

    Coach Rex Ryan said he is "confident" that Pace will be able to play Monday.

  • Ryan was asked if there was any gamesmanship involved in New England trading Randy Moss to a team about to play one of its AFC East rivals. Ryan said with a smile, "Probably so. It's good for New England the fact that he is playing this week. It would be real gamesmanship if they trade him back."

    The Patriots will have to face Moss when Minnesota visits New England on Oct. 31.

  • The Jets last week demoted rookie Kyle Wilson, who had been starting at cornerback in the absence of superstar Darrelle Revis, to nickel back in charge of covering slot receivers. Drew Coleman got his first start since 2006 in the rout of Buffalo. Revis seems likely to return this week, and if that happens, Wilson and Coleman might share that nickel role.

  • With WR Santonio Holmes back from suspension, he likely will go into the starting lineup with starter Jerricho Cotchery moving into a third-receiver role.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 9 — Receptions Santonio Holmes had in Pittsburgh's opening-day victory over Tennessee last season. Monday will be opening night for Holmes, who missed the first four games because of an NFL-imposed suspension. However, he totaled five opening-day catches in his first three seasons in the league.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "I feel honored to share the field with him, but I'm not playing against Brett (Favre)." — QB Mark Sanchez.

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