According to Rick Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes removed himself from practice on Thursday after he felt like he was unfairly overworked by the coaching staff.
Holmes reportedly “staged a mini-meltdown” towards the end of the Jets’ two hour work out. He was seen limping off the field as he tossed his helmet and exchanged words with receivers coach Sanjay Lal.
Holmes felt like he was given too many on-field reps since he just came back from a USO-sponsored trip to a U.S. Air Force base in Germany.
“I was talking to the coach, letting him understand it was too many reps today,” Holmes said. “I’ve been gone for a while, so I can’t be at full tempo like the rest of the guys and where they want us to be at.”
Holmes indicated that he was supposed to be involved in 35 reps, but he ended up quitting after 20 or 25.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan had no problem with Holmes taking himself off the field.
“If he thinks he’d be stretching it to give five or 10 extra reps, you have to be smart about it,” Ryan said. “If a guy thinks he’s tight … you don’t want a guy pulling (a muscle). He knows his body better than anybody.”
I really wonder if the Jets regret trading for a pre-madonna like Holmes.