Receiver Santonio Holmes will miss the rest of this season with an injured left foot, leaving the struggling New York Jets without their top playmaker on offense.
The former Ohio State player, who will require surgery, was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday. The team signed free agent wide receiver Jason Hill to help replace him.
“Obviously, that’s a big loss for us,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “Santonio’s one of the top receivers in the game, and it is a big loss.”
The news came just over a week after star cornerback Darrelle Revis was likely lost for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.
Holmes was hurt on the first play of the fourth quarter Sunday after catching a short pass. X-rays on the foot were negative, but the MRI exam results were sent to a foot specialist in North Carolina and the Jets’ worst fears were confirmed.
Ryan said that it is a Lisfranc injury, which usually involves the tearing of the ligament that holds the first two toes in the foot together. Recovery time depends on whether there is a dislocation or fracture, and whether surgery — including screws inserted — is needed.
“He’s going to be back,” Ryan said of Holmes. “He’ll have a full recovery.”
Hasselbeck to start
Jake Locker’s left shoulder is sore enough that the Tennessee Titans don’t even want him dressing Sunday when they visit Minnesota, so veteran Matt Hasselbeck will start at quarterback.
Whether Locker misses more than one game depends on how quickly his nonthrowing shoulder heals.
“We’ll take it day by day and see how he responds with soreness, getting the strength back and, like I said the last time, when he’s ready to play, he’ll be playing,” coach Mike Munchak said. “Right now, all we know is he won’t play this weekend.”
Locker dislocated his shoulder for the second time in four games when sacked in last week’s loss at Houston.
Tight end unfit to play
The Kansas City Chiefs put tight end Kevin Boss on injured reserve with a head injury after doctors determined they would not clear him to play the rest of the year.
Boss signed a $9 million, three-year deal in the offseason to provide a versatile tight end for quarterback Matt Cassel.
Boss caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown before getting hurt in Week 2 at Buffalo, when Bills safety D’Norris Searcy’s elbow slammed into his helmet.
“He enjoys playing football, wants to play football, but with his situation, he won’t be able to play this year,” coach Romeo Crennel said.
Texans cut quarterback
The Houston Texans cut third-string quarterback John Beck and re-signed safety Troy Nolan.
Beck, 31, signed with Houston in May after he was cut by Washington. He beat out undrafted free agent Case Keenum for the No. 3 spot behind Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates.
The Texans (4-0) turned to Nolan after Quintin Demps fractured his left forearm in Sunday’s win over Tennessee. Nolan was a seventh-round draft pick by Houston in 2009, and spent his rookie year on injured reserve with a broken wrist. He played in 30 games between 2010-11, but was waived at the end of training camp this year. He was waived by the Dolphins last month.
Patriots re-sign Carpenter
The New England Patriots re-signed veteran linebacker Bobby Carpenter.
The team also released defensive lineman Terrell McClain, added tight end Alex Silvestro to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Thomas Austin from the practice squad.
The Patriots had released Carpenter on the final cut of training camp Sept. 1 after signing him as a free agent following two seasons with the Detroit Lions. He entered the NFL as the 18th pick in the 2006 draft by the Dallas Cowboys, spending four years with them. He started the 2010 season with Miami.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson is closer to returning from the concussion that has kept him out of the last two games.
Henderson had his helmet on for the beginning of practice. Before the workout, coach Leslie Frazier said Henderson has passed some of the required tests and been cleared for limited activity on the field. He’ll be evaluated again today. Marvin Mitchell has been starting at the weak-side spot in his place, with Jasper Brinkley sliding over to take Henderson’s role in the nickel defense.
NFL fines Bills tackle
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams questions why the NFL is fining him $15,000 for a roughing-the-passer penalty against New England’s Tom Brady.
Williams revealed that he has been fined for a play that happened in the third quarter of a 52-28 loss to the Patriots on Sunday. Williams was flagged after he was knocked to the turf and his arm caught the back of Brady’s leg.
Brady still completed a 19-yard pass to Wes Welker. The penalty gave the Patriots the ball at the Bills 6, and Brady scored two plays later to tie the game at 21.
Williams intends to appeal the fine, questioning what he did wrong on the tackle.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton is listed as questionable for tonight’s game at St. Louis even though he fully participated in the team’s last two practices.
Skelton sprained his right ankle in the season opener against Seattle. Kevin Kolb relieved him and has led the Cardinals to their first 4-0 start in 38 years.
Other players listed as questionable include defensive tackle Darnell Dockett (hamstring), running back LaRod Stephens-Howling and tight end Todd Heap (knee).