"I don't know if Santonio broke a rib or not, but the fact that it was sticking out was probably an indicator," Ryan said, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello.
When a coach says a player "might have" suffered a broken rib, he almost definitely suffered a broken rib. Some players can play through it, depending on the severity. But a particularly bad example of the injury can knock a player out for a long time.
Ryan even admitted as much.
"He's a tough guy, but I don't think he's going to be running out there tomorrow or the next day," the coach said, according to Costello.
The injury came on the same night when the entire Jets offense, especially backup/goal-line quarterback Tim Tebow, struggled to move the ball. With apologies to center Nick Mangold, Holmes is the unit's most talented player. Holmes also might be the most valuable because the Jets are so thin at receiver.