Jets' Holmes out for season

Posted: October 04, 2012

THINGS JUST got a lot tougher for the struggling New York Jets.

Wide receiver Santonio Holmes will miss the rest of this season with an injured left foot, leaving the Jets without their top offensive playmaker. The team announced Wednesday that Holmes will require surgery and was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Head coach Rex Ryan said Holmes suffered a Lisfranc injury, which usually involves a sprain or tear of the ligament in the middle of the foot that holds the first two toes together.

"My understanding is that he's going to be back and make a full recovery," Ryan said.

The news came just over a week after star cornerback Darrelle Revis was likely lost for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee - although the Jets haven't placed him on IR yet, in case, Ryan said, he recovers in time to play in the Super Bowl.

But that leaves the Jets (2-2) now without their best players on defense and offense as they try to return to the playoffs this year after missing out last season.

The Jets host the Houston Texans on Monday night.

Noteworthy * 

The NFL has granted permission for Saints coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt to attend New Orleans' home game Sunday night against San Diego, in which Drew Brees can break a tie with Johnny Unitas for the NFL record of consecutive regular-season games with a touchdown pass.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says Brees, tied with Unitas at 47, asked that Payton, Loomis and Vitt be allowed to attend even as they continue to serve suspensions of various lengths in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation. Aiello says the three suspended members of the organization may watch the game from a private area and may not have contact with the team.

* Cleveland wide receiver/return man Joshua Cribbs said he'll continue to play even though his family wants him to quit following a vicious hit that knocked him out while he was returning a punt during a loss to the Ravens last week.

"My wife was hysterical," Cribbs told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "My whole family was crying. They were scared. They don't want me to play anymore. But I'm not afraid."

* Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said veteran Matt Hasselbeck will be the starting quarterback when the Titans visit Minnesota Sunday.

Munchak says Jake Locker will not dress while his injured left shoulder continues to heal. Locker dislocated his non-throwing shoulder for the second time in four games when sacked in last week's 38-14 loss at Houston.

* New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden was diagnosed with a concussion and did not practice.

Barden, who suffered the injury against the Eagles last week, has not been ruled out of Sunday's game against Cleveland. However, he must follow head-injury protocol because being cleared to return.

* Buffalo defensive tackle Kyle Williams is questioning why he's been fined $15,000 by the NFL for a roughing-the-passer penalty against New England's Tom Brady.

Williams revealed he had been fined for a play that happened in the third quarter of a loss to the Patriots on Sunday. Williams was flagged after he was knocked to the turf and his arm caught the back of Brady's leg. Brady still completed the pass.

Williams said he intends to appeal the fine.

* Former NFL receiver Sam Hurd pleaded not guilty to a new indictment in the drug case that derailed his career.

Hurd entered the plea in federal court in Dallas. He faces new charges of possessing marijuana and cocaine while he was out on bond from his previous arrest.

After Hurd's first arrest in December, authorities accused the former Chicago Bears player of trying to set up large-scale purchases of drugs that he planned to distribute in the Chicago area.

Hurd's career started with the Dallas Cowboys.

On Monday, Hurd's cousin Jesse Tyrone Chavful, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess 5 or more kilograms of cocaine in connection with the allegations that Hurd tried to set up a drug-distribution network.

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