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From Rich Cimini of ESPN New York:
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who missed a handful of voluntary practice sessions while out of the country on a good-will trip to a U.S. Air Force base in Germany, pulled himself out of practice Thursday because he felt he was being overworked.
Near the end of the two-hour workout, Holmes limped off the field and tossed his helmet, seemingly out of frustration. He spoke to receivers coach Sanjay Lal and also spent time with the trainer. Afterward, Holmes insisted he wasn’t injured, but he still seemed bothered.
“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 said he was slated for 35 practice reps, but left after 20 or 25. The Jets wrapped up their OTA workouts, with a mandatory minicamp scheduled for next week.
The irony, of course, is that Holmes had to be pulled out of the Jets’ final game, in the final minutes of the season-ending loss to the Miami Dolphins. Holmes was frustrated by his lack of involvement in the offense — he had no receptions — and complained in the huddle, nearly coming to blows with right tackle Wayne Hunter.
That was the seminal moment of the Jets’ well-chronicled season of turmoil, much of which involved Holmes and quarterback Mark Sanchez.
I really hate New York. I swear, sometimes I truly wish I lived in Salt Lake City or Mobile, Alabama or some small ass market where they have one beat writer, one radio station, and one television network that covers the team. As opposed to this 800 ring blood-thirsty, headline chasing media circus that is always blowing everything out of proportion to the umpteenth degree.
A guy comes fresh off a plane from Germany, goes straight into VOLUNTARY workouts and then it’s a surprise or cause for concern when he thinks he isn’t 100% physically able to go?
I’m out yo.