For Holmes, glory and agony at same spot

September, 23, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- This is freaky.

Santonio Holmes was at the Bills' 40-yard line when he made his game-winning touchdown reception Sunday, the same spot on the field where he suffered his devastating foot injury nearly one year ago.

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Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY SportsIt's safe to say that WR Santonio Holmes won't be winning any popularity contests these days within the Jets organization.
When we say the same spot, we're not kidding. The injury occurred on the 40 on the south side of the field, about midway between the painted number and the visitor's sideline.

On Sept. 30, 2012, Holmes caught a 4-yard pass from Mark Sanchez. When Holmes turned upfield, his foot gave out -- a severe LisFranc injury that required major surgery to repair. He went down at the 49ers' 40-yard line, where he coughed up the ball. It was scooped up by Carlos Rogers and returned 51 yards for a touchdown.

Fast forward to Sunday.

Once again, it was the fourth quarter. Once again, the defender was named Rogers. This time, it was Justin Rogers (no relation). Holmes beat Rogers in man-to-man coverage and hauled in a beautiful pass from rookie Geno Smith. Holmes, his surgically repaired foot working quite nicely, maintained his balance and raced the last 40 yards to complete a 69-yard touchdown that put the Jets ahead to stay, 27-20.

After the game, Holmes wasn't in a reflective mood. Reminded it was close to the one-year anniversary of his injury, he said, "I'm still taking it day by day."

Maybe, but there were a lot of eerie similarities.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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