'Don't Put Words In My Mouth,' Irritated Wideout Tells Reporters

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes did not participate in practice while recovering from a hamstring injury, and will miss the team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Holmes said on Thursday that his hamstring “feels good,” but was unsure if he’d have to sit out a fourth straight game because of it. He was injured in the Jets’ loss at Tennessee in Week 4.

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Coach Rex Ryan said he was “not optimistic” about Holmes’ chances of playing since he didn’t practice.


Holmes grew testy with reporters, particularly for their follow-up questions to an answer about the upcoming bye week.

“At this point I think the bye week has come at a great time,” Holmes said. “Would give me five, maybe six weeks to get healthy.”

Does that mean he’s not planning to return until after the bye?

“I didn’t say that,” he said. “Don’t put words in my mouth.”

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So what exactly does it mean?

“My question was answered the way it was answered,” Holmes said. “I don’t how know you can get confused about the way I answered the question.”

Last week, an irritated Holmes told reporters they were negatively affecting his progress by “interrupting” treatment for interviews.

Center Nick Mangold is listed Friday as questionable with a rib injury. But Ryan says, “Nah, he’s good,” when asked if there was concern whether he could miss the game. Wide receiver Greg Salas is also questionable with a knee injury.

Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley fully participated a day after being limited with a hamstring issue, while tight end Jeff Cumberland was limited, also with a hamstring. Both are probable.

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