The final results of diagnostic tests Wednesday morning revealed that his foot injury is season-ending. Holmes sustained a Lisfranc injury — torn ligaments in the mid-foot area. That injury often requires surgery and takes several months of recovery time.
The loss of Holmes is a crushing blow for the Jets, who, the week before, lost their best defensive player, cornerback Darrelle Revis, to a torn ACL that benches him for te season. Holmes is the team’s leading receiver, and top playmaker on an offense that was shut out on Sunday by San Francisco.
The Jets said Monday that X-rays were negative, but Holmes underwent an MRI exam — and the results were forwarded to a foot specialist in Charlotte.
On Tuesday, the Jets announced they had nothing to announce. Coach Rex Ryan is held out hope for good news, but he did not receive what he – or Jets fans — wanted.
Holmes was injured on the first play of the fourth quarter in Sunday’s 34-0 loss to the 49ers. He caught a short pass in the flat and, as he turned upfield to run, his left foot got caught in the turf. He was transported out of the stadium on a golf cart, carrying crutches and wearing a walking boot on his foot.
The Jets have only three healthy receivers on the roster after they released Patrick Turner Tuesday. Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens are the starters — who? — with Clyde Gates in reserve. Rookie Stephen Hill missed the last game with a pulled hamstring, as did tight end Dustin Keller. Not good for quarterback Mark Sanchez, whose job could be on the line.