(NEW YORK) — The playing status of New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has been in question all offseason, but Holmes is nearing a return to the field as he has been taken off the physically unable to perform list.
10 months ago, Holmes underwent foot surgery for a Lisfranc injury that cause him to miss 12 games last season for the Jets.
Holmes is the team’s number one wide receiver, his return to the field is a major upgrade for the Jets. He passed his team physical, and is now eligible to practice.
Now that he’s healthy, Holmes could suit up for the Jets in their week 1 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Holmes was originally expected miss at least the first month of the season.
When healthy, Holmes is a primary weapon on the Jets offense.
Last season, Homes caught 20 passes in four games and accumulated 272 receiving yards and one touchdown.
With the Jets quarterback situation up in the air, Holmes return will help stabilize the team’s offense.
In 2012, the Jets ranked 30th in the NFL in passing yards per game.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN