Santonio Holmes evasive on subject of playing Sunday
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - 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 have to stop Sunday in Cincinnati, Holmes replied matter-of-factly: "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 didn't practice. As for whether he'll face the Bengals, he said: "We'll check the reports and see on game day."
Rex Ryan, however, doesn't seem confident that he'll have his top receiver on the field.
Asked about their upcoming Week 10 bye, Holmes 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 means Holmes doesn't plan on playing until after the bye week, the receiver grew more frustrated. "I didn't say that. Don't put words in my mouth," he said.
Kotwica quiet on 'Pushgate'So did the Jets tip off the officials about the Patriots' special-teams play? Ben Kotwica isn't saying.
The Jets' special-team coordinator said the team talks weekly to officials and the league office, but "those discussions are private."
The war of words between the AFC East rivals escalated Wednesday, when Ryan fired back at Bill Belichick for insinuating the Jets used the same illegal "push" tactic the Patriots were flagged for on Nick Folk's 56-yard field goal. Kotwica said Quinton Coples' push of Muhammad Wilkerson on a Patriots field goal was "incidental contact."
"We don't coach pushing," Kotwica said.
Patriots CB Logan Ryan reportedly was fined $10,000 by the NFL for grabbing his groin as he went into the end zone after returning an interception of Geno Smith for a 79-yard touchdown . . . Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) was limited as a precaution. Jeff Cumberland (hamstring), Antonio Allen (groin/finger), Nick Mangold (ribs), Konrad Reuland (knee) and Greg Salas (knee) also were limited . . . The Bengals sold the remaining tickets for Sunday's game, avoiding a blackout.