How long will the Jets be without Santonio Holmes?
As of Monday night, the answer remained a mystery. Jets coach Rex Ryan said Monday afternoon that X-rays had shown that Holmes' left foot was not broken. He added that the team had "shipped around" the results of an MRI on the foot to various physicians. Holmes, the Jets' top receiver, injured his foot in the fourth quarter of an embarrassing 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Ryan said doctors have ruled out an Achilles tendon injury, but haven't determined whether Holmes suffered muscle or ligament damage. Ligament damage or a Lisfranc injury could keep Holmes out for an extended period.
"I'm not sure the real extent of the injury," Ryan said. "Obviously, it looks doubtful for this week."
According to several reports, the Jets have sent Holmes' MRI results to Charlotte foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. Anderson is best known for performing surgery on linebacker Calvin Pace's foot in August 2010.
Holmes, though unimpressive in the first two games, was quarterback Mark Sanchez's most explosive weapon. He proved that in the Jets' overtime win over Miami in Week 3, when he made nine catches for 147 yards.
Holmes was injured on the first play of the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss, after he caught a short pass near the 49ers' sideline. Holmes fell to the turf, losing possession of the ball. Carlos Rodgers returned the fumble for a touchdown as Holmes remained writhing on the ground.
Holmes' injury couldn't come at a worse time for Sanchez, who is already struggling without tight end Dustin Keller.
During the loss to the 49ers, Sanchez had to endure chants from the crowd to play backup quarterback Tim Tebow. Sanchez threw for only 103 yards on 13-for-29 against the 49ers. In addition to failing to score a touchdown, he threw one interception and fumbled the ball once.