Santonio Holmes needs more surgery

Updated: December 3, 2012, 8:34 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

LINDEN, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes will need an additional surgery on his left foot in February.

The Jets marquee receiver, who was back in New York for his annual fundraising event Monday, said the operation will focus on removing plates installed in October to repair a Lisfranc injury.

Holmes said doctors have told him he won't be able to start training again until possibly April. He was noncommittal on being ready for training camp in August, given the long recovery ahead.

"I've got another surgery in February," said Holmes, who visited the Jets' facility Friday for the first time since being placed on season-ending injured reserve. "That's all I know."

Wearing a large black walking boot, Holmes made his first public remarks since his season ended at his annual bowling fundraiser called "Strikes for Sickle Cell."

He has been recovering in Florida with his family, reading more books, spending more time with his kids. Friday was picture day, and Holmes was in the group photo with his teammates.

"I really miss being here," Holmes said.

Holmes still talks with Jets coach Rex Ryan every week -- they call or text before a game. Holmes said he has played for 20 years without an injury this serious.

Holmes sustained the Lisfranc injury on Sep. 30 in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium.

"I knew the minute I didn't get off the ground that my season was over," Holmes said.

He had surgery two weeks later and was placed on IR.

Holmes was the only wide receiver on the Jets roster with multiple years of experience with quarterback Mark Sanchez. The two did not always had a placid relationship, particularly at the end of last season.

Holmes watched Greg McElroy's debut and was glad the Jets were able to defeat the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. But he wasn't ready to throw his hat in with Sanchez, McElroy or Tim Tebow to start this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I leave that up to those (coaches), man," Holmes said. "If I get involved in that, I'll be the talk of the world."

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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