In the span of less than two weeks, the New York Jets lost their best defensive player and top offensive playmaker to season-ending injuries.
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes has a Lisfranc injury and his left foot could be broken. A determination on his status and the reading of multiple MRI exams by a team of experts was expected to be shared sometime Wednesday. The injury causes pain and swelling of the midfoot resulting from torn ligaments and or broken bones and can require surgery in extreme cases.
Holmes was hurt on the first play of the fourth quarter of the Jets' 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. He went down to catch a short pass from Mark Sanchez and tossed the ball as he went down, with Carlos Rogers returning the fumble 51 yards for a touchdown. Holmes was seen leaving MetLife Stadium holding crutches and his foot in a boot as a passenger on a golf cart.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis has a torn ligament in his left knee.
The Jets drafted wide receiver Stephen Hill in the second round of the 2012 draft, but he was out last week with a hamstring injury. His status will be updated Wednesday but he's likely to be questionable for Monday's home game against the undefeated Houston Texans until he's able to practice on back-to-back days. Hill has had hamstring issues since training camp.
Head coach Rex Ryan, who was coy about Holmes' status other than to say 'this week looks doubtful', said he and general manager Mike Tannenbaum would discuss all options, including free agents.
That lists includes Plaxico Burress, who played for the Jets last season, Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson.
The Jets waived Patrick Turner on Tuesday to sign Lex Hilliard but might bring him back if they make a roster move involving Holmes.
Holmes was acquired in 2010 from the Steelers for a fifth-round pick. He was suspended four games for substance abuse, prompting Pittsburgh's management to dump him for a low-round pick. Holmes signed a five-year, $45 million contract in 2011 but clashed with Sanchez and former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer at the end of the season.
The Jets chose to pick up his option in February to fully guarantee a total of $15.25 million in salary through 2013. He'll make $7.75 million this season.