Santonio Holmes making good progress, but still can't practice

Santonio Holmes walks with the ball during training

Santonio Holmes walks with the ball during training camp in Cortland. (Aug. 12, 2013) (Credit: Hans Pennink)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Santonio Holmes appeared to be making progress Wednesday, participating in wide receiver drills. But the Jets' top receiver -- sidelined since late September with a hamstring injury -- didn't practice and still can't commit to playing against the Saints.

"I still don't know," he said. " . . . I'm pretty sure once things get rolling and I'm able to practice, that's when I'll be able to play."

Holmes, who appeared to be running close to full speed at times, did note that he's making "good progress every day . . . Today was the first day I was able to run a route and feel good about it."

Asked how his injured right hamstring feels, he said: "It feels like a hamstring. I think the big key right now is not to have any setbacks from this point on."

Brees on Ivory

In some ways, Chris Ivory was a victim of both bad luck and timing. Saints quarterback Drew Brees said the Jets running back, who spent the past three seasons in New Orleans, was "a great success story." But thanks to a congested backfield and eventual injuries, Ivory's production was short-lived. "I think we all knew that wherever he went he would have success," Brees said, before mentioning Ivory's career day against New England in Week 7. " . . . That was as good as I've seen him run. Just consistently pounding it, pounding it and very physical."

Key injuries

The Jets were missing key pieces on the practice field. Willie Colon (calf), Jeff Cumberland (concussion), Stephen Hill (foot) and Jeremy Kerley (illness) also did not practice. Hill, however, said he's "definitely, definitely" looking forward to playing . . . C Nick Mangold (ribs) was limited . . . Former Hofstra star Marques Colston (knee) and rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro (concussion, back) were among several Saints who did not practice.

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