New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has been out since injuring his foot in a 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on September 30 of last year.
Some in the Jets organization even began to question Holmes’ injury, wondering if he was lying about his foot so he could miss training camp.
On Monday, a report surfaced Holmes was indeed going to be ready to play in the New York Jets’ opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.
On Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, confirmed those earlier reports.
Holmes says he isn’t 100% and the Jets despite starting, it will be in a limited role, but that hasn’t stopped Holmes from being the same confident player he’s always been.
“Honestly, I feel pretty good about the things I’ve tried to do thus far,” Holmes told reporters.
The Jets can certainly use Holmes with West Virginia rookie quarterback Geno Smith making his first start in his first career regular season game.
Last season, Holmes had 20 catches for 272 yards and a touchdown. Over his career, Holmes has 358 receptions for 5,507 yards and 35 touchdowns. After spending the first four years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, this will be his fourth season with the Jets.