FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Wide receiver Santonio Holmes had been limited in practice this week with turf toe but is probable for Sunday’s game against Chicago.
Holmes said he suffered the injury during last week’s game in Pittsburgh against the Steelers when he got tackled “wrong” and a player landed on his shoe.
Going up against the Bears' defense, which ranks among the best in the league in takeaways, will be a challenge for the Jets but Holmes said there will be chances for the offense to move the ball.
“They’re very basic, they run cover two, they try to let everything happen in front of them, don’t let anybody get deep,” he said. “But there’s a lot of holes with the defense that are capable of being exploited and we have to take advantages of those opportunities when they come about.”
Holmes was asked about Bears return man Devin Hester, the new NFL record holder in return touchdowns (14).
“Five words: don’t kick him the ball,” said Holmes, a Florida native who was familiar with Hester’s talents during their high school careers in neighboring schools. “He’s an outstanding player; I saw it back in high school. The things that he’s done right now are amazing, he’s a playmaker."
Ryan's Christmas wish: No Bears stars
This time last year coach Rex Ryan said his Christmas wish list included Peyton Manning not playing in the Jets' week 16 game against the Colts. Ryan said he has a similar list this year regarding Bears players not taking part in Sunday’s game.
“It started with (Julius) Peppers, I don’t think there is any doubt about that and (Brian) Urlacher),” Ryan said. “If (Jay) Cutler is on that list, that’s fine also.”
Other Jets expected to play
Other Jets expected to play this week are Darrelle Revis (hamstring), Brad Smith (hand), Nick Mangold (shoulder), Antonio Cromartie (groin) and Drew Coleman (groin).