EAST RUTHERORD, NJ -- After two surgeries and months of rehabilitation from his Lisfranc injury last season, wide receiver Santonio Holmes made it back on the field for the first Jets game of 2013.
“I played,” Holmes said. “I played the whole game to the end.”
Holmes played 23 snaps in the first half alone in an 18-17 victory over the visiting Buccaneers. He was targeted three times by Geno Smith and caught one pass for 13 yards. In a twist, Holmes was denied his first pass by Darrelle Revis, now with Tampa Bay, who also played in his first game back from an ACL injury.
“We both felt good about being able to cover each other throughout the game,” Holmes said. "We just told each other good luck and stay healthy this season,” Holmes said.
Revis didn’t want to talk much about his old team, but he didn’t mind talking about Holmes.
"He looked fine,” Revis said. “Santonio looked fine. We had a couple chats out there on the field and he looked fine. He was competing at a high level and you have to tip your hat off to him. I know he was questionable coming up to this game. Us football players, we're hard-nosed guys. Santonio is a tough guy and he wanted to get out there and compete."
Holmes never claimed he would make it back for this game, and said it would depend on what the medical staff said about his readiness.
During training camp, Holmes said he wasn’t cutting or pivoting. The Jets moved their low-gravity treadmill to Cortland, so that he could maintain his rehab.
Although his return was officially questionable for this game, Rex Ryan never questioned Holmes’ work ethic.
When asked how his foot felt during the game, Holmes reverted to a prepared answer: "We’ll let the doctors evaluate that after the game,” Holmes said.