Negative Might Not Be Positive
Brian Bassett , theJetsBlog.com
Pardon me for my conspiracy theories that lie ahead. It’s that kind of a day.
After the game last night Mark Sanchez made a few remarks about his star receiver. As seen in the play above, Tone grabs for his knee upon his fall, something Sanchez said himself he thought was the source of his receiver’s injury, but not until after the game from talking to Holmes did he realize the source of the injury was Tone’s foot, saying the rest of his conversations with Tone were private.
While it’s unknown just how serious the injury to Santonio Holmes is right now, according to Jason Cole initial there were some initial reports on X-rays last night that didn’t seem to support the way Tone reacted.
Although a source close to Holmes said that an X-ray taken after the game at the stadium came back negative, Holmes is scheduled to have an MRI on the foot Monday.
We’ll see what the MRI shows, but it’s odd that there was no damage visible on the X-ray if it was a broken foot as has been rumored so far. Even X-rays hint at tissue damage, especially if part of the bone pulls away with the connective tissue. I feel bad for Santonio getting injured, I truly do, but the way he lost the ball was bad form, he had to know to hold onto the ball.
Based on how poorly the play looks on tape, I have to wonder even if he doesn’t get any confirmation on his injury from the MRI, just how ‘ready’ he’ll be to go and how soon it might take for him to ‘recover’ … that was a bad play and even guys at this level aren’t above milking it to help validate their reasoning for being in the league.
The Jets receiving corps was never world class and we’ve said for a year that Santonio is at best a #2 WR. Whether he’s liked or not, the loss of their best receiver is going to be very bad for this team … at least he could be used to make plays from time to time when teams doubled whoever else was on the field.
Now? That won’t be happening and teams will blanket whoever emerges. Hill likely won’t be able to deal with that. So whether Santonio plays or not, the Jets receiving corps is down yet another man and Sanchez is getting stripped bare of all the trappings to show at a raw level just how effective a quarterback he can be.