- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring) strongly hinted Thursday that he may not return until after the team's bye week. The Jets have two more games before going on their bye, and then return with a road game at the Bills on Nov. 17.
"At this point, I think the bye week is coming at a great time, giving me what, five, maybe six weeks to get healthy," Holmes said. "Should be ready to roll."
Asked to clarify his comments, Holmes became hostile with reporters, directing any comments to his previous remarks before essentially reiterating what he said. A return after the bye week would mean Holmes' hamstring injury, which he suffered on Sept. 29, sidelined him for six weeks.
"The bye week will allow me to get healthy for my return," Holmes said.
Holmes has yet to practice since suffering the injury against Tennessee in Week 4, and he's been noncommittal about when he will return. All signs point to him missing Sunday's game against Cincinnati. With just one game against New Orleans proceeding the bye, it may be wise for the Jets to just let Holmes sit the next two games and let him have as much time to heal as possible.
"I'm not looking that far ahead right now," Holmes said of playing after the bye.
The veteran said his hamstring feels "good," but he's taking it one day at a time and said he can't do too much. He's been on the practice field with a helmet on each of the last two days, but hasn't officially worked with the team. He ran just one route Thursday at his own discretion.
"It was all up to me," Holmes said of running one route.
Holmes has been dealing with injuries all year as he entered the season working his way back from the Lisfranc fracture he suffered in his left foot. He played in each of the first four games, catching 10 balls for 243 yards and a touchdown, and has missed the last three games. The Jets are 2-1 without him.
The veteran said there's concern about coming back too soon and re-injuring the hamstring.
"That's the one thing I don't want is a setback," Holmes said. "I already missed a full season last year and I want to be back on the team and help these guys as much as possible and to continue being a great help to this team. I think I will be a downside to the team if I put myself back on that list of being injured for the remainder of the season."