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Santonio Holmes noncommittal about N.Y. Jets' opener

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan conceded last week that wide receiver Santonio Holmes might start training camp on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from two Lisfranc surgeries.

Asked for clarity on his status for the regular-season opener, Holmes was equally noncommittal Wednesday, offering a terse "no comment."

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Holmes did acknowledge that a Week 1 showdown versus Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would make for an attractive matchup.

"It would be a lot of fun to go out there against an old nemesis," Holmes said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. "A guy who's coming off an injury himself, I wish him much success this season, and hopefully he's prepared and ready just like I will be."

Lisfranc injuries are notorious for lingering, especially in skill-position players relying on quick, explosive movements. It's no sure bet that Holmes will return to pre-injury form in 2013 after revealing Wednesday that he had to "learn how to walk again" after surgery.

If Holmes is game-ready by the beginning of September, he believes he will be on the receiving end of passes from Mark Sanchez -- not rookie Geno Smith. "I signed back because of (Sanchez)," Holmes explained, "so nothing's changed."

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