New York Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed that Santonio Holmes’ painful foot ligament injury would keep Holmes off the field for the rest of the 2012 NFL season.
The 28-year-old wide receiver sustained the injury to his left foot during the Jets’ September 30 game against the San Francisco 49ers. In the third quarter, Holmes fumbled during a four-yard reception and landed on his left foot as he fell to the ground. The injury did not occur because of contact with another player, as is sometimes the case with this type of foot injury.
San Francisco’s Carlos Rogers recovered the ball and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown, aiding in San Francisco’s 34-0 win over New York.
Holmes subsequently was diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury. In a televised news conference, Ryan said Holmes had been placed on the team’s injured reserve list and would likely need surgery.
“It’s something we wish didn’t happen to one of our best players, but that’s, unfortunately, part of this business,” Ryan told reporters. “It does check the resolve of your team, but I think that’s one of our strengths.”
There are various types of Lisfranc injuries, ranging from a sprain or rupture of the ligaments in the arch of the foot to damage to the boney structure of the midfoot. Recovery time depends on the type and severity of the injury, and whether surgery is necessary.
Although ligament injuries can lead to arthritis in the foot and ankle joints and can affect a person’s ability to bear weight and turn quickly, Ryan said the team expects Holmes to make a complete recovery.