Jets Are Now Lacking Depth At Wide Receiver

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — We’re not sure when wide receiver Santonio Holmes will return to the Jets, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be back anytime soon.

Gang Green’s top playmaker has informed friends that he expects to miss New York’s first four games, at a minimum, the New York Post reported on Monday.

Dealing with a foot injury, the eighth-year player said in late June that he was uncertain if he’d return at all in 2013. He was placed on the active-physically unable to perform list on July 24.

Since Holmes’ injury, partner wide receiver Stephen Hill has said that he thinks he can be the No. 1 wideout. The Jets’ receiving core is particularly light this year, especially now that Holmes will likely be out for an extended period of time. Along with Hill, Braylon Edwards and Clyde Gates will be fighting to be the No. 1 receiving option.

It’s difficult to determine an expected return date when dealing with a Lisfranc injury. Holmes is reportedly unable to put weight on his injured foot, let alone run on it, but even if he misses all 16 weeks with his injury, his contract guarantees him $7.5 million this season.

The Super Bowl XLIII MVP was limited to just four games last year with Gang Green due to his Lisfranc injury, which he sustained in week 4. He grabbed 20 receptions for 272 yards and one touchdown in the four games he played in. His absence was one of the main reasons why the Jets ranked close to the bottom of the pack in NFL team passing stats.

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