FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Santonio Holmes will miss the rest of this season with an injured left foot, leaving the struggling New York Jets without their top offensive playmaker.
The Jets announced Wednesday that Holmes, who will require surgery, was placed on season-ending injured reserve. The team signed free agent wide receiver Jason Hill to help replace him.
Obviously, thats a big loss for us, coach Rex Ryan said. Santonios one of the top receivers in the game, and it is a big loss.
The news came just over a week after star cornerback Darrelle Revis was likely lost for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.
Holmes went down on the first play of the fourth quarter Sunday after catching a short pass. X-rays on the foot were negative, but the MRI exam results were sent to a specialist in North Carolina and the Jets fears were confirmed.
Ryan confirmed that it is a Lisfranc injury, which usually involves the tearing of the ligament that holds the first two toes in the foot together. Recovery time depends on whether there is a dislocation or fracture, and whether surgery – including screws inserted – is needed.
Oakland wide receiver Jacoby Ford is out for the year with a similar injury, while Houston quarterback Matt Schaub and Raiders running back Darren McFadden are back after missing time last season with Lisfranc injuries. Other players have also rebounded from it, including Michael Strahan, Brian Westbrook and Ronnie Brown.
Hes going to be back, Ryan said of Holmes. Hell have a full recovery.
Holmes leads the Jets with 20 catches for 272 yards and a touchdown this season. He and Sanchez had their best game together since 2010 two weeks ago at Miami, when Holmes caught nine passes for 147 yards.
Obviously its something that we wish didnt happen to one of your best players, Ryan said. But thats, unfortunately, part of this business.
Hill was a third-round draft pick of San Francisco in 2007, but was waived by the 49ers in 2010 and claimed off waivers by Jacksonville, where he played the last two seasons.
The speedy receiver spent the preseason with Denver before being released in August. He has 76 receptions for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns in parts of five NFL seasons.
Colts make moves with practice squad
The Colts signed defensive lineman Clifton Geathers to the practice squad.
To make room, Indianapolis released nose tackle Nicolas Jean-Baptiste from the practice squad.
Geathers has appeared in seven career games, including five last season with Dallas after originally being drafted by Cleveland in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft.
Around the league
Tennessee coach Mike Munchak says veteran Matt Hasselbeck will be the starting quarterback Sunday when the Titans visit Minnesota. Buffalo defensive tackle Kyle Williams is questioning why hes been fined $15,000 for a roughing the passer penalty against New Englands Tom Brady. Williams intends to appeal the fine, questioning what he did wrong when attempting to make a tackle while Brady still had the ball. New England re-signed veteran linebacker Bobby Carpenter. The team also released defensive lineman Terrell McClain, added tight end Alex Silvestro to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Thomas Austin from the practice squad.
Kansas City put tight end Kevin Boss on injured reserve after doctors determined they would not clear him to play this season following a head injury suffered in Week 2. The Chiefs signed linebacker Bryan Kehl to provide some depth on defense.