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Holmes, Kerley expected to face Panthers
Santonio Holmes (rib/back) and Jeremy Kerley (slight hamstring tear) will play for the first time this preseason, according to Rex Ryan.
The coach reserved the right to change his mind, should there be a setback with either player – but as of now, it appears both wide receivers will face the Carolina Panthers Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
New injuries: S Yeremiah Bell was an unexpected addition to the rehab group Friday. Ryan said Bell’s knee felt “loose,” but said test revealed no structural damage. The veteran safety should play Sunday, but he’ll be forced to sit out if the knee soreness continues. “(He) had a little knee thing, nothing serious," said Ryan. "But if there’s any issue at all, we don’t play him. So I would say, we’ll see. I know he wants to play.”
(A team spokesman later clarified that Bell felt "general soreness.")
...DT Mike DeVito limped off the field with a trainer during practice. According to Ryan, the defensive lineman may have pulled his calf muscle. Though the coach didn’t rule out DeVito, it doesn’t sound good. "That's not a good thing for a D-lineman," the coach said. "So if there's anything to that, he won't play."
…LB Ricky Sapp (high ankle sprain), WR Chaz Schilens (high ankle sprain) and CB Ellis Lankster (quad) were in Friday’s rehab group. NT Sione Po’uha (back) and CB Ryan Steed did not practice as well.
…TE Jeff Cumberland (concussion) watched practice for the second straight day. Ryan said he won’t play. Neither will S Eric Smith. …LB/FB Nick Bellore (shoulder) will play. ...And despite having a high ankle sprain, according to Ryan, WR Patrick Turner likely will play. "Other guys have it and they're out for like four weeks," Ryan said, laughing. "This kid, I think he was out four hours. ...Some guys just respond differently to injuries."