Guess looks aren’t that deceiving?
The Jets announced Friday evening that wide receiver Santonio Holmes has been moved from the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list to the active roster – an indication that he possibly could be ready to go as early as Week 1, or soon after.
Holmes, 29, has spent the entire offseason rehabbing from a Lisfranc injury suffered in Week 4 against the 49ers. Earlier this week, he painted a murky picture of his recovery timeline.
“Looks can be deceiving," he said Wednesday, when informed that Rex Ryan said he’s “in great shape.” “…If I actually felt as good as I looked I would definitely be 100 percent ready.”
Holmes – who’s been spotted on several occasions running sprints along the sidelines in practice and occasionally catching balls from the JUGS machine and rookie quarterback Geno Smith – said he still can’t run routes at football speed. He also complained of experiencing foot pain “every day I wake up.”
"We have 16 weeks of football. At any point I could be ready to play," he said. "If not, I would be willing to accept it."
He later added: “I'm not able to be at Santonio Holmes' level of competition.”
His uncertain timetable only helped fuel speculation that he might be dogging his recovery. According to multiple reports – including a New York Post article claiming that the receiver had already been cleared by his surgeon to resume football activities – members in or close to the Jets organization felt Holmes was trying to avoid the grind of training camp.
Former Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff disagreed with that, however.
During an ESPN New York radio interview Friday afternoon, Westhoff – now an analyst for the network -- said Holmes told him in Cortland that his goal was to return within the first three games of the regular season. Asked about the reports of Holmes’ purposely slow recovery, Westhoff said: “I believe he's going to make every effort to get back.”
In a corresponding move, the Jets released wide receiver Marcus Davis with an injury settlement.