Santonio Holmes still not sure if he'll be ready by Sunday
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Santonio Holmes feels good about his on-field progress, but the Jets' top receiver still isn't ready to say he'll be active Sunday.
"Still don't know," he said Wednesday. "I still haven't gotten any word from the docs yet on whether I should be playing or not."
With rookie Geno Smith set to make his first NFL regular-season start against Tampa Bay, the Jets will need every available receiver -- all five of them -- to be full go. But the decision on Holmes' gameday status may not even come until gameday, he said.
The veteran wideout, who has been sidelined with a Lisfranc foot injury since Sept. 30, was limited in practice. Asked if he can run routes at his usual skill level, he replied "Not at all. Not to this point."
Holmes said he was not a candidate for the short-term injured reserve list -- meaning he would not be able to play until after Week 8. But he did differentiate between the severity of his mid-foot injury and Lisfranc injuries of others. "With my injury being a Grade 4 [the most serious] and having to deal with surgery twice, it's a little bit different from a lot of guys . . . It's just learning to accept what your body can and cannot do at this point."
If Holmes plays, he could be lined up against former teammate, cornerback Darrelle Revis (who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee a week before Holmes went down. And that, the wideout said, would "be a great matchup."
Holmes also appears eager to prove the doubters wrong whenever he steps on the field.
"Right now in the [ESPN] power rankings, we're ranked 32 in the NFL. And we probably couldn't be more happier than being off the radar of everybody."
OLB Quinton Coples (ankle), DT Leger Douzable (illness), QB Mark Sanchez (shoulder) and TE Kellen Winslow (rest/knee) did not practice; CB Antonio Cromartie (hip) and NT Kenrick Ellis (back) were limited . . . Revis (knee) was a full participant.