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Reports: Santonio Holmes likely to miss the rest of the season

Santonio Holmes reportedly suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left leg Sunday. (Elsa / Getty Images)

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot, according to multiple reports, and is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Holmes, who suffered the non-contact injury in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers, has been getting opinions from several doctors and the team expects to have a definitive answer this morning. The Associated Press and Yahoo first reported the news.

Holmes’ left leg gave way after he caught a pass and he quickly dropped the ball and grabbed his leg. Niners cornerback Carlos Rogers recovered the fumble and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown with Holmes unable to get up. Initial X-rays were negative, but Holmes later underwent an MRI. A Lisfranc injury — the dreaded Lisfranc injury — involves torn ligaments in the mid-foot area and often requires surgery. Recovery can take several months. 

Only a week ago, the Jets lost Darrelle Revis, their best defensive player, for the season to a torn anternior cruciate ligament that also was a non-contact injury. Now the team faces the possible loss of its best offensive player and options at wide receiver that include Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens with Clyde Gates off the bench. Rookie Stephen Hill and tight end Dustin Keller were out Sunday with injuries. The team released Patrick Turner on Tuesday.

Fans were clamoring Sunday for a switch at quarterback from Mark Sanchez to Tim Tebow. With the loss of such an important offensive weapon, is it Tebow time?

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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