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Santonio Holmes says his hammy 'feels good,' but still unsure about playing Sunday
Santonio Holmes has been so focused on his own production over the years, he hasn’t had time to watch other offensive stars. Literally.
Asked for an assessment of fellow wideout A.J. Green -- whom the Jets will try to stop Sunday in Cincinnati -- Holmes matter-of-factly replied: “I don’t watch any offensive guys in the NFL at all.”
Really? Like, not even occasionally as a football fan?
“No,” Holmes said.
The Jets receiver said Thursday that his injured hamstring “feels good,” though he was the only player who didn’t practice. For the second straight day, Holmes wore a helmet and warmed up with his teammates. He later did one route-running drill with the rest of the wide receivers, but that was it. Nevertheless, it was an encouraging sign for Holmes, who hasn’t played since Week 4.
Asked if it’s possible he’ll face the Bengals, Holmes told reporters: “We’ll check the reports and see on gameday.”
Rex Ryan, however, didn’t seem confident that he’d have his top receiver on the field
Holding up Thursday's injury report, the Jets coach said: “Not optimistic today -- he didn't practice.”
In what's becoming a weekly occurrence with Holmes, the receiver grew irritated with reporters during his once-a-week sitdown. Asked about the upcoming bye week, he said: "At this point I think the bye week has come at a great time. Would give me five, maybe six weeks to get healthy."
When a reporter asked if that meant Holmes doesn't plan on playing until after the bye week, the receiver grew more frustrated. "I didn’t say that," Holmes said. "Don’t put words in my mouth."
Holmes later said: "My question was answered the way it was answered. I don’t how know you can get confused about the way I answered the question."