The NY Jets placed Santonio Holmes on the Physically Unable to Perform List on Tuesday, July 23. Holmes, who had two surgeries on his foot for a Lisfranc injury suffered in the San Francisco game last October, is still unable to run without support and is apparently far from getting back into game action. While he can be removed from the PUP list at any time prior to the beginning of the season, it would appear likely that Holmes is headed for the PUP designation once the season starts. If that happens he will be sidelined a minimum of the first 6 games of the regular season. While the Jets have not to my knowledge explicitly indicated this anywhere, I believe it is now a distinct possibility Holmes may not play at all for the Jets this season. If so, then the team will be reliant on Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, Jeff Cumberland, and Kellen Winslow (if his knees hold up) and a motley cast of fringe players, UDFA rookies and complete unknowns in the passing game in 2013. It is not a prospect that inspires confidence. Hill's rapid development and cure of the dropsies becomes imperative if the Jets are to have any chance at having a passing game that remotely resembles NFL quality.
Also landing on the PUP list Tuesday were cornerback Mike Edwards, nose tackle Junior Aumavae, defensive back Rontez Miles and defensive end Jake McDonough. Miles is of particular note, as the undrafted free agent rookie was a favorite of many here at GGN to make the squad and possibly challenge for a starting role opposite Landry at safety. While the nature and severity of the injuries effecting Miles, Edwards, Aumuvae and McDonough have not to my knowledge been revealed, these developments have to put a rather unfortunate crimp in the ambitions of the 4 roster fringe candidates to make the team.
Separately, cornerback Darrin Walls and wide receiver K.J. Stroud have been placed on the non football injury list. Details of their injuries are unknown at this time. Walls in particular is a bit disappointing, as I had hopes he might play an increasingly important role in the Jets defensive backfield in 2013, possibly even pushing for the nickel back gig.