FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Things just got a lot tougher for the struggling Jets as 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 needs surgery and was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
"Santonio's one of the top receivers in the game," coach Rex Ryan said, "and it is a big loss."
The news comes just over a week after 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.
Ryan confirmed that Holmes has a Lisfranc injury, which usually involves the tearing of the ligament that holds the first two toes in the foot together. Recovery time depends on whether there is a dislocation or fracture, and whether surgery, including screws inserted, is needed.
"My understanding is that he's going to be back and make a full recovery," Ryan said.
Meanwhile, Ryan took issue with 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers' claim that the Jets quit during Sunday's 34-0 loss. "I think we wore down a little bit at the end of the game," he told ESPN. "There's no quit. You look at that tape and there's no quit."
NFL to allow banned Saints to attend game
The NFL granted permission for Saints coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt to attend New Orleans' home game Sunday 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 in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation. The three suspended members may watch from a private area but may not have contact with the team.
Bills: Defensive tackle Kyle Williams is questioning why he was fined $15,000 by the league for a roughing-the-passer penalty against the Patriots' Tom Brady. Williams was flagged after he was knocked to the turf and his arm caught the back of Brady's leg. Williams intends to appeal, questioning what he did wrong when attempting to make a tackle while Brady had the ball.
Cardinals: Quarterback John Skelton is questionable for tonight against St. Louis even though he participated in the past two practices. Skelton sprained his right ankle in the season opener, and Kevin Kolb has led the team to its first 4-0 start in 38 years.
Chiefs: Tight end Kevin Boss was put on injured reserve with a head injury after doctors determined they would not clear him to play the rest of the year. Boss, who signed a $9 million, three-year deal in the offseason, was injured when Bills safety D'Norris Searcy's elbow slammed into his helmet.
Packers: Receiver Greg Jennings missed practice with a groin injury and was not optimistic about playing against the Colts.
Titans: Coach Mike Munchak said veteran Matt Hasselbeck will start at quarterback against Minnesota. Jake Locker's injured left shoulder continues to heal.
Vikings: Linebacker Erin Henderson, who suffered a concussion that has kept him out of two games, has passed some of the required tests and been cleared for limited activity on the field. He will be evaluated again today.
Drug case: Former receiver Sam Hurd pleaded not guilty to a new indictment in Dallas in the drug case that derailed his career. He faces new charges of possessing marijuana and cocaine while he was out on bond from his previous arrest. Authorities accused the former Bears player of trying to set up large-scale purchases of drugs that he planned to distribute in the Chicago area.