Jets fans got the scare of their life Saturday during the team’s Green and White Scrimmage after star wide receiver Santonio Holmes left early with an apparent rib injury.
After the scrimmage, Rex Ryan told the media the rib “might” be broken, saying, “I don’t know if Santonio did break a rib or not, but the fact it was sticking out… is probably an indicator.” For a team already struggling with injuries at the wide receiver position, the news could not have come at a worse time.
Thankfully Holmes’ x-rays did not show any broken bones, but let’s be clear — this is not exactly “good” news. According to CBSSports.com, Holmes suffered, “damaged cartilage around the rib, aggravating an injury from 2011.” Holmes is officially listed as day to day, but I would not expect him back on the field anytime soon.
Also should be noted Holmes was dealing with and missed the last two practices with “general” soreness/soft tissue prior to this injury. (His participation in the Saturday scrimmage was a surprise to many).
Rookie Stephen Hill is now the Jets best option at receiver with Holmes, Chaz Schilens (groin) and Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) all sidelined with injuries. Patrick Turner has performed well in camp, but it might time to start making phone calls (No, not T.O., so don’t even say it). I suspect they will play their first preseason game with the group they currently have, and proceed from there.
Oh, btw, it was clean hit from Cromartie that injured Holmes, but much will be made of the fact that it was the outspoken cornerback that was involved in the play. Cromartie is not really know for his super physical style of play, and his controversial comments about him being the second best receiver on the team are raising eyebrows. I’m quite sure it’s just a coincidence.