Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes will miss the rest of the National Football League season because of a foot injury sustained in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers, coach Rex Ryan said.
Holmes, 28, was diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot and will need surgery, leading the team to officially end his season by placing him on the injured reserve list, Ryan said during a televised news conference today.
While Holmes was the Jets’ most skilled offensive weapon, the team lost its best defensive player, All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, to a torn knee ligament Sept. 23. Revis also is probably out for the season, Ryan said.
“It’s something we wish didn’t happen to one of our best players but that’s, unfortunately, part of this business,” Ryan said of Holmes today. “It does check the resolve of your team, but I think that’s one of our strengths.”
To replace Holmes, the Jets signed wide receiver Jason Hill, who played the last two seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hill has 76 receptions for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns over five NFL seasons.
The Jets, at 2-2, host the undefeated Houston Texans on Oct. 8 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Holmes injured the foot without contact on Sept. 30 while making a four-yard reception in the third quarter of New York’s 34-0 loss. Holmes fumbled as he fell to the ground, with San Francisco’s Carlos Rogers recovering the ball and returning it 51 yards for a touchdown.
The injury involves a torn ligament through the arch of the foot and often requires surgery, according to Steven Weinfeld, an orthopaedic surgeon who is chief of foot and ankle service at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
“Those ligaments take about four to six months to heal, whether you do surgery or not,” Weinfeld said in a telephone interview. “It’s potentially a career-threatening injury.”
An injury like this can lead to arthritis of the joints that are involved in the dislocation, potentially affecting the ability to generate power and speed from the foot, said Weinfeld, who has no direct knowledge of Holmes’s injury. The Jets expect Holmes to make a complete recovery, Ryan said.
Other NFL players who have had Lisfranc injuries include Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, Duce Staley, Brian Dawkins and Brian Westbrook.
Holmes leads the team with 20 catches for 272 yards this season, his third with the Jets, scoring one touchdown. He had 52 receptions for 654 yards and eight scores in 2011.
The Jets’ active wide receiver corps also includes rookie Stephen Hill, second-year players Clyde Gates and Jeremy Kerley and five-year veteran Chaz Schilens. Hill has five catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns this season. Kerley has 10 receptions, while Schilens has six this year and 78 for his career.
“Gates is going to have to step up,” Ryan said of his receiver with one catch. “He’s a guy with tremendous speed, he’s learning the system, so we’ll see what he can do,” Ryan said of Gates, who has one reception.
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