As was first reported by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, wide receiver Santonio Holmes has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury and is “99% likely out for the season.”
After an initial x-ray came out negative, the team reported Monday that Holmes had suffered an undisclosed injury that would keep him out for “weeks.” Holmes’ MRI results were then evaluated by to Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, per Cole, who diagnosed the WR with the dreaded ‘L’ word.
A Lisfranc injury is one of the more painful and difficult injuries for an athlete, and usually occurs when bones in the midfoot are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn. Recovery time varies depending on the specifics of the injury and whether surgery is required. (You may recall Texans QB Matt Schaub missed the majority of last season with the injury).
Update: The team has confirmed that Holmes has suffered a Lisfranc injury that will require surgery and end his season. He will be placed on IR.
**The Jets have signed former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jason Hill. Hill spent some time with the Broncos this preseason (here’s a little piece on him from the DenverPost) and was later released.
If you’re wondering who the heck Jason Hill is, you’re not alone. THIS might refresh your memory.
Is the Jason Hill singing the kind of high-impact addition that is going to save the Jets season? No. (In fact, Rotoworld said this of Hill: ”He’s solidified himself as one of the worst wide receivers in football.”) BUT there are not many talented free agent wide receivers available to sign at this point, outside of the “Big Three” – Ocho, T.O. and Plax. I know a lot of people are clamoring for the Jets to sign one of these guys, but I think we have to assume that is not in the team’s plans and move on from this notion.
Also, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported yesterday that the Jets do not have interest in re-signing Plaxico Burress and Chad Johnson is “not on their radar.” So..there is that.
Bottom line? Maybe if the team didn’t wait until 5 weeks into the season to sign a veteran free agent wide receiver, we wouldn’t be in this position right now.