The longer it took for the diagnosis to be revealed, the more grim Santonio Holmes' injury status seemed.
And late Tuesday night, Yahoo! Sport's Jason Cole confirmed what we all suspected: the Jets' No. 1 receiver is "99 percent" done for the year.
According to Yahoo!, Holmes suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot early the fourth quarter of Sunday's 34-0 loss to San Francisco. As of now, the Jets are unsure if the receiver has a broken foot.
According to the web site for the American Academy of Orthoepaedic Surgeons, Lisfranc injuries occur when bones in the midfoot are broken or the ligaments that support it are torn. The severity of the injury can vary from simple to complex, involving many joints and bones in the midfoot.
Rex Ryan was asked point blank Monday if Holmes did indeed suffer a Lisfranc injury.
"You know what? It's hard to say," said the Jets coach. "I don't know what it's called. We know it's a foot injury and things like that. Are they ready to say that yet? I'm not sure, because quite honestly, I have no idea what that is. I don't want to give you wrong information."
Ryan said X-rays of Holmes' foot were negative, but an MRI of the injury was sent to multiple doctors.
"Again, they’re shipping it out to different people and things like that," the coach told reporters. "Obviously, it looks doubtful for this week, but further than that, I'm not sure."