CORTLAND – Santonio Holmes is the latest Jet felled by back tightness.
A day after doing some running and agility drills with fellow injured wideout Jeremy Kerley, Holmes was noticeably absent from Wednesday’s practice.
According to a Jets spokesperson, the Jets' No. 1 receiver was inside getting treatment.
Asked if Holmes suffered a setback, Rex Ryan offered a rather shaky answer.
“I don’t know about a setback,” said the coach. “I knew he had tightness in his back.”
Ryan said he wasn’t sure if Holmes’ back tightness is related to his rib injury – which he suffered in the Green & White scrimmage on Aug. 4. He also couldn’t give a timetable for the receiver’s return.
“We will see,” said Ryan. “Obviously you would like to see your guys out there on the field, whether it’s Sione [Po’uha], whether it’s Tone, whoever. You have got to make sure you are not putting them out there when they can be a further injury risk or they are not ready to come back. …If the trainers think it is best for the guy to stay in, then that is what we will do.”
And when pressed about Holmes' status for the rest of the preseason, Ryan conceded he could be without his No. 1 wideout until Sept. 9.
“Certainly it is a possibility,” the coach said. “But I don’t think that’ll be the case.”
Rumors have recently been swirling about the Jets interest in Vikings WR Percy Harvin – and by Wednesday afternoon there were rumblings that they had already offered Minnesota a couple of draft picks for Harvin, who is more of a No. 2/slot receiver.
Two days after Holmes suffered the rib injury, Ryan was asked if the Jets were looking into securing a veteran receiver.
“I hope not. We have what, 12 guys out there? Or at least they’re supposed to be out there,” Ryan said at the time, referring to the plethora of injuries to his receiver corps.
“Let’s see some of these young guys step up and compete.”