The Jets are bracing for the likelihood of not having wide receiver Santonio Holmes for the remainder of the season.
The final results of diagnostic tests won’t be known until Wednesday morning, but the expectation is that his foot injury is season-ending, a league source said Tuesday night.
This would be a crushing blow for the Jets, who lost their best defensive player, CB Darrelle Revis, nine days ago to a season-ending knee injury. Holmes is their leading receiver, generally regarded as their top playmaker on offense.
Holmes may have sustained the dreaded Lisfranc injury -- torn ligaments in the mid-foot area. The injury often requires surgery and takes several months in recovery time.
The Jets said Monday that X-rays were negative, but Holmes underwent an MRI exam -- and the results were forwarded to a foot specialist in Charlotte.
On Tuesday, the Jets announced they had nothing to announce. Rex Ryan is expected to reveal the sobering diagnosis Wednesday at his news conference.
Holmes was injured on the first play of the fourth quarter in Sunday's 34-0 loss to the 49ers. He caught a short pass in the flat and, as he turned upfield to run, his left foot got caught in the turf. He was transported out of the stadium on a golf cart, carrying crutches and his foot in a walking boot.
The Jets have only three healthy receivers on the roster after they released Patrick Turner on Tuesday. Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens are the starters, with Clyde Gates in reserve. Rookie Stephen Hill missed the last game with a pulled hamstring, as did tight end Dustin Keller.
Keller is likely to return for Monday night's game against the Texans. The Jets must think Hill has a chance to play, which would explain the decision to release Turner.