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New York Jets Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes Could Begin Training Camp on PUP List

June 5th, 2013 at 11:59 PM
By Donald Lappe

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes missed the vast majority of the 2012 season due to a Lisfranc injury, effectively crippling the Jets offense. While the Jets weren't exactly explosive with Santonio Holmes in the lineup, he was the only true playmaker on the outside. While many cling to saying "He's not a No. 1 wide receiver," as their main on the field criticism of Holmes, he's a professional wide receiver and gives the Jets offense instant credibility when he's in uniform. Santonio Holmes might begin training camp on the PUP list, with the greater concern being the uncertainty of when he will be able to return.

'New York Jets Receiver Santonio Holmes' photo (c) 2011, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The New York Jets could start training camp without their top wide receiver, as Santonio Holmes might not be able to pass his physical. Still recovering from the Lisfranc injury that abruptly ended his 2012 season, Holmes could start training camp on the PUP List, unable to participate in practice.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan said that the team will continue to monitor Santonio Holmes as he progresses, but kept open the possibility that the wide receiver will begin training camp unable to practice with the team. It's not a great thing with a new offensive coordinator in town and uncertainty at quarterback, plus the team's absolute need for him to be a contributor this season, but it's more important that he be ready for the regular season.

As reported by Rich Cimini of ESPN:

"He's doing a decent job but we'll see how he is for training camp," [Rex] Ryan said Wednesday. "There's a possibility he starts out on the PUP, I'm not sure, but he seems to be doing well."

It's wait-and-see for now. It's certainly not great news, but being that we are in early June there's still plenty of time before training camp for Santonio Holmes to have his health issues straightened out in time for the important portions of the summer.

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Tags: Football, Lisfranc injury, New York, New York Jets, NFL, PUP list, Rex Ryan, Santonio Holmes

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