FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Hours after Rex Ryan said Santonio Holmes is "in great shape," the injured Jets receiver cautioned reporters and fans against believing the hype.
"Looks can be deceiving," he said Wednesday. "I say that with a smile because if I actually felt as good as I looked I would definitely be 100 percent ready."
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General manager John Idzik said on WFAN Monday that Holmes hopefully is "getting close" to returning from foot surgery, adding Holmes is running on grass and showing "functional movement." But the wideout quickly tempered expectations two days later.
Despite his ongoing practice sprints along the sidelines and his brief pass-catching drills with Geno Smith before last week's preseason game against Jacksonville, Holmes said he can't run routes. "It's not that I can't do anything," he later clarified, when asked about route-running and cutting. "It's just that I haven't done anything yet."
Holmes, 29, is hoping he'll be "ready to roll soon," but he said he hasn't done "anything since Cortland," aside from rehabbing, riding the stationary bike and using an anti-gravity treadmill. He insisted he'll do "whatever it takes to get on the field," but he also said he's uncertain if he'll take the field at all this season.
"We have 16 weeks of football. At any point I could be ready to play," he said. "If not, I would be willing to accept it."
The pain in his foot is ever-present. "Every day I wake up," he said, adding that he's on a quest to find more comfortable shoes. " . . . I think it is something I have to learn to tolerate at this point."
He added: "I'm not able to be at Santonio Holmes' level of competition."
Asked if he is holding out hope that he'll be ready for the regular season, Holmes replied: "Why would I hold out anything? If I can go, I will go. If I can't, then I can't."