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Santonio Holmes Apparently Benched After Argument In Huddle

Santonio Holmes’ behavior near the end of the New York Jets’ season-ending 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins will require some explanation.

The sometimes outspoken Holmes, one of the Jets captains, was on the bench for most of the Jets final drive, a touchdown-scoring one that pulled New York within two points with 1:15 to play.

Holmes appeared to have a shouting match with a teammate in the huddle prior to a play, during which he was pushed away by tight end Dustin Keller.

The veteran receiver did not catch a pass in the game, breaking a string on 84 straight games in which Holmes had at least one catch.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez had a difficult day for the Jets. The third-year pro was intercepted three times and threw several other passes well off target.

It was impossible to tell if Sanchez was the subject of Holmes’ disgust, but that seems like a reasonable assumption. It will be interesting to see what coach Rex Ryan has to say about the situation in his post-game press conference.