Hobbled Buckeye alumni, Santonio Holmes, will play sparingly for the New York Jets this afternoon. The 2009 Super Bowl MVP missed all of preseason after surgery resulting from a severe Lisfranc injury in his left foot.
He returned to practice this past week, but has been limited. Holmes missed nearly all of 2012 after suffering a season ending injury in week four. If he does get into the game (nothing is guaranteed with Rex Ryan) the Jets will gladly accept any positive impact. Rookie QB Geno Smith will be making his first career start and the young signal-caller would love to have his most established weapon in the lineup.
When he does play, he will most likely be lined up with Darrelle Revis, the former Jet superstar who was traded to Tampa Bay during the off-season. Revis himself is coming off a major knee injury, so the potential match-up between the two could be a very noteworthy subplot. The Jets are coming off a very disappointing 6-10 season in which they struggled mightily all year to get the ball down the field, especially after Holmes’ injury. Ryan has repeatedly stressed Holmes’ importance to team success, quoted by ESPN as saying,
We’ll make sure we have the absolute clearance from our doctors and our trainers before we do that … but as I’ve said all along, I certainly hope he plays. I thought he caught the ball well [Wednesday] and I thought he moved around pretty well.
With the return of Holmes and the change in quarterback, the Jets and their fans are praying for an improvement to their anemic offense from a year ago. Their season kicks off at 1 p.m in New York.