FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Santonio Holmes, wearing red glare-reducing contact lenses, said that the hamstring injury he aggravated last week in practice had improved by Wednesday, when he was limited in practice. Holmes played just a few snaps with the offense against the Miami Dolphins and missed two practices last week.
“Making strides, making really good strides,” Holmes said. “Today was an even better practice and I look forward to steadily making progress throughout the rest of this week.”
Still, with just four games left, the season has nearly passed Holmes by. The Jets receiver played the first four games, but then missed five straight and has played only sparingly in the last two. After missing all last season with a Lisfranc injury, he has just 13 catches for 326 yards this year.
“The season it is what it is what it is right now,” Holmes said. “We all wish for peaches and creams every day and having Christmas every day around here but we have to deal what we have right now and that’s right now an up and down season, and we have to finish out these last four games on a good roll.”
Holmes, who misses Thursday practices to keep his work load low, has almost achieved special guest status in games and practices. Wide receiver Stephen Hill said he doesn’t notice when Holmes isn’t able to practice.
“Sometimes you really don’t notice it,” Hill said. “I’m not saying that Tone is not a threat, It’s just we have so many reps in practice where just in case he’s not in, we’ve got people who take his reps. So we’re just making sure we’re all on the same page with that so we’re communicating on and off the field just in case he’s not there.”
KERLEY CLOSING IN: Jets WR Jeremy Kerley practiced on Wednesday and appears to be getting closer to return after an elbow injury that has kept him out of three games. “All I can do is try to get myself healthy,” Kerley said.
CRIBBS TORE PECTORAL: KR/RB Josh Cribbs tore his pectoral muscle during the Miami game, which is why he was put on IR this week. Newly signed KR Darius Reynaud was in the locker room Wednesday and said he’s only been told he’ll work special teams this week. Cribbs expanded that role to the offense quickly.
Did not practice: TE Kellen Winslow (knee).
Full: G Willie Colon (calf), DT Kenrick Ellis (back), WR Stephen Hill (knee), RB Chris Ivory (ankle), C Nick Mangold (wrist), LB Garrett McIntyre (knee), CB Dee Milliner (wrist), WR Greg Salas (finger), QB Geno Smith (right wrist).