Holmes downplays availability for week one

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013

There’s still a lot of uncertainty about whether or not New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes will be ready for the teams opener. Jets head coach Rex Ryan says he’s optimistic that Holmes will be on the field. Holmes on the other hand is still non-committal saying he’s a “long ways” from being 100 percent healthy.

“That’s coach’s decision. Doctors still have to continue to evaluate me,” Holmes said about the opener. “It’s been a long process. I’ve come a long way up to this point and can’t put any timetable on it.

“Just because of my progress of doing something to your guys’ attention, [it] doesn’t really boost the trainer’s push for me to be on the field right away.”(ESPN New York)

What’s interesting is how Holmes totally contradicts himself there by saying it’s the coaches decision but then saying it’s on the trainer to clear him. He then follows that all up by saying, “I have a long career ahead of me. I’m going to take the best risk and the best chances for myself and for the team.”

So who is it? Who’s going to be the one who decides when Holmes plays? It sounds like Rex is going to leave it on Holmes but is making it known that he feels he’s ready.

“He knows himself better than anybody. What I’ve observed, I think he’s in great shape, I really do,” Ryan said. “I was being truthful when I said that. I’m not trying to hold anything back. I believe that he’s in phenomenal shape. I saw him run, he looked pretty good to me.

“I’m optimistic about it. We’ll see. Obviously the young man has to sign off before anybody plays. … We’re not going to put a player ever at risk. So we’ll see.” (ESPN New York)

This situation is just as messed up as the teams quarterback situation.

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