NEW YORK — First, Darrelle Revis. Now, Santonio Holmes.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday night that Holmes has a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, likely leaving the New York Jets‘ struggling offense without its top playmaker for the rest of the season.
The news came just over a week after the team lost Revis, considered by many to be the NFL’s best cornerback, for what will likely be the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.
Holmes went down on the first play of the fourth quarter of the Jets‘ 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday after catching a short pass and tossing the ball as he went down, with Carlos Rogers returning the fumble 51 yards for a touchdown. He left MetLife Stadium on a golf cart, holding crutches and his foot in a boot.
X-rays were negative, but subsequent MRI exam results were sent to a foot specialist in North Carolina for further evaluation. The Jets‘ fears were then confirmed, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the severity of the injury.
“Obviously, it looks doubtful for this week,” coach Rex Ryan said Monday, “but further than that, I’m not sure.”
Yahoo Sports first reported the nature of Holmes‘ injury.
It’s another big blow for New York (2-2), which is going through a rough stretch that includes losing two of their best players and coming off an embarrassing defeat to San Francisco with a home game Monday night up next against the undefeated Houston Texans.
Meanwhile, quarterback Mark Sanchez is taking a lot of criticism for his shoddy play, with many calling for Tim Tebow to see more action on offense — and possibly move into the starting role.
Either way, it appears Holmes won’t be around to catch passes again this season. It wasn’t immediately known if the 28-year-old wide receiver’s foot is fractured, but a Lisfranc injury 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.
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.
He was coming off a disappointing season that included being the focus of locker room tension with Sanchez and capping it by being benched in the fourth quarter of the season finale for arguing in the huddle. Both he and Sanchez mended their relationship during the offseason, and Holmes had taken a larger leadership role with the rest of the wide receivers.