Santonio Holmes wishes for Super Bowl

Updated: December 25, 2010, 10:09 AM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Santonio Holmes won't be there Saturday morning when his kids open their presents, but it's a routine he is completely familiar with now. When everyone else is getting into the holiday spirt, Holmes and his teammates are focused on something else.

"My Christmas wish is a Super Bowl," Holmes said. "So by any means I can get there, with a win from here on out, it would be great.

Holmes will play on Sunday despite injuring his toe against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"Got tackled wrong, guy fell on my shoe," said Holmes. The Jets wide receiver did not come out of the game, which he said is the way things go this time of year. He did not participate Wednesday, was limited Thursday and practiced fully Friday.

"Nobody knew anything was wrong with me until the game was over so I was fine," Holmes said. "If we had a game on Monday I would have been able to play. I just took some time off knowing what the situation is along the way."

The Jets will make the playoffs with a win in Chicago on Sunday. If that isn't enough, they can beat Buffalo in the last game of the season and reach the playoffs, but coach Rex Ryan said he would appreciate a win this week to get some rest for veterans since they probably won't get a bye if they do reach the postseason.

"Our focus is to just get our 11th victory," Holmes said.

Still, Holmes said it was important to get some rest this week for the turf toe injury. Ryan has made a point of taking it easy on players like RB LaDainian Tomlinson and FB Tony Richardson, and the same theory applies to injuries.

"It's this time of the year, it's late, you don't want anything nagging going into the last few games, going into the playoffs," Holmes said. "I want to definitely take care of it as quickly as possible."

Holmes, who was late to training camp to be at his son's side as he was treated for sickle cell anemia, said that he would talk to his family after practice and on Christmas, but late December isn't just about the holidays.

"With the job that we have, it's not even the focus right now," Holmes said. "We have one goal and by any means for 26 weeks, how can we get to the Super Bowl. Kids, take care of you guys later, see you when it's over with."

Jane McManus is a reporter and columnist for ESPNNewYork.com.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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