The Jets will open their 2013 training camp with the club's No. 1 offensive playmaker on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The Green & White made the designation official late Tuesday night as Holmes continues to rehab from a Lisfranc injury he suffered last season in a Week 4 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Holmes, during a "Jets Talk LIVE" June appearance, went in-depth about his injury for the first time.
"A Lisfranc injury is a separation of the joints in your foot. I actually had muscle tear and joint separation, so the injury process for me was a lot longer for some guys who say have a Grade 1 and the highest being a 4," he said. "I suffered a Grade 4 injury where I had suffered a separation and ligament damage in my foot."
Two surgeries followed and Holmes continues to work daily with the Jets medical staff to get back on the field.
"The first was to do the repairing and the second procedure this past March was to remove some hardware, taking out a plate and some screws that were placed in," he said of the two procedures. "To this day, I still have two screws that are going to be permanently implanted in my foot. Like I said it's a long process of recovering, but I'm up for the challenge."
While Holmes had targeted training camp for his return, he also was prepared for the PUP designation. The Jets don't open the regular season until Sep. 8 vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium and Holmes will be eligible to come off PUP when he is medically cleared to practice.
A spectator to start camp, Holmes has time to pass a physical. But if he can't pass it by the end of the preseason, the dynamic performer would have to sit out the Jets' first six games.
"If it's put in place, hey you stick with it and you go with it until the time is right," Holmes said of the PUP on JTL.