Santonio Holmes participated in individual drills on Wednesday, but was forced to be a spectator during team drills due to his tight hamstring.
Though the Jets – who currently have eight receivers nursing injuries – are trying to go slow with Holmes, the wideout looked good when he was on the practice field. He showed no visible signs of pain when breaking, cutting and catching passes.
Holmes, however, refused to discuss his injury or his progress.
After telling reporters in the locker room that he would be back, the wide receiver never returned. Holmes – who also declined to speak after Tuesday’s minicamp – hasn’t spoken to the media since he complained of getting too many reps upon his return from his goodwill trip to Germany last week.
(In the essence of fairness, there is no rule that says players have to talk during minicamp or OTAs. But other big name starters, like Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and Dustin Keller, have made themselves readily available to the media – and they each have done multiple interviews in one day, without complaint.)
Rookie WR Stephen Hill (hamstring) also did individual work during today’s practice, but was absent from team drills.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez called the Jets wide receiving corps “an explosive group” and said “on paper, it looks great.” But guys like Holmes and Hill need to get back on the field before the offense can get a sense of how good it can be under Tony Sparano’s new system.
With just one more day of minicamp left before a month-long break, the challenge of grasping a new offense and fine-tuning certain things is increased by having a depleted receiving corps. On one hand, that can be a concern, said Sanchez. But the quarterback insisted it’s still early.
“We’re not playing a game next week, and these guys have plenty of time to recover,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll find out why they were injured, or whatever it was, and improve on that and add that to their routine to prevent any further injuries. It’s an explosive group, but we’d love to see them on the field.”
Here’s a full injury report from today’s practice:
TE Brian Lithicum (quad)
WR Pat Turner (hamstring)
WR Jordan White (broken foot)
DT Marcus Dixon (calf)
S Landry (Achilles/heel)
TE Jeff Cumberland (Achilles)
RG Brandon Moore (hip)
WR DaMarcus Ganaway (hamstring)
G Matt Slauson (shoulder)
LB Bryan Thomas (Achilles/shoulder)
WR Stephen Hill (hamstring)
RB Bilal Powell (hamstring)
WR Santonio Holmes (hamstring)
DE Quinton Coples (lback)
Prior to practice, Ryan said these guys would be monitored by the training staff: WRs Jeremy Kerley, Royce Pollard and WR Chaz Schilens (hamstrings) and K Nick Folk (hamstring).