FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- For the second time in nine days, the New York Jets announced a season-ending injury to one of their best players. This time, it's wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who will have surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury to his left foot.
The Jets waited until Wednesday to reveal the bad news, but they were braced for the worst-case scenario Tuesday. Anticipating it, they signed veteran wide receiver Jason Hill and cleared a roster spot by placing Holmes on injured reserve.
In back-to-back games, the Jets lost arguably their most important non-quarterback players. The bad luck started with All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, who tore the ACL in left knee and will miss the remainder of the season. Both injuries were non-contact.
"How many people are going to feel sorry for the New York Jets?" Rex Ryan asked. "I know the answer to that -- nobody."
The team didn't disclose the exact nature of Holmes' injury, but a Lisfranc -- a mid-foot sprain or fracture -- is one of the toughest foot injuries to recover from. Ryan said the doctors are confident Holmes "will make a full recovery and be ready for roll for next year."
The Jets still have a large financial commitment to Holmes, who's in the second year of a five-year, $45 million contract. In 2013, he's guaranteed $7.5 million of his $11 million salary.