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Eric Decker among a host of Jets who sit this one out

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during NFL

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during NFL football training camp in Cortland, N.Y., Friday, Aug.1, 2014. Credit: Hans Pennink

CINCINNATI - Eric Decker anticipated playing, but in the end, the Jets' No. 1 receiver wound up standing on the sideline. Because of a lingering quadriceps injury, he was a late scratch for the Jets' second preseason game Saturday night against the Bengals. General manager John Idzik and a trainer chatted with him during warm-ups and decided the former Bronco wasn't good to go.

Decker was one of several injured Jets on the sideline. Running back Chris Ivory didn't suit up because of a nagging rib injury, tight end Jeff Cumberland still is experiencing Achilles tightness and wideout Jalen Saunders did not travel with the team after being involved in a single-car accident Friday morning while en route to the team's facility. Rex Ryan said Saunders was still in the hospital but wouldn't give any other information.

The Jets' secondary remained thin with cornerback Dimitri Patterson (quadriceps, calf, ankle), Dee Milliner (ankle) and Dexter McDougle (ACL) out.

Safety Antonio Allen started at cornerback in place of Milliner, Ellis Lankster started in place of Patterson, Jaiquawn Jarrett started at safety for Allen, David Nelson started for Jeremy Kerley, Oday Aboushi started for Brian Winters and Stephen Hill started for Decker.

Offensive lineman Marcus Zusevics (knee) and wide receiver Shaq Evans (shoulder) also did not play.


'Tonetime has taken his talents to Chi-town.

The Chicago Bears agreed on a one-year deal with free-agent receiver Santonio Holmes, the team announced. The Jets will face the Bears in Week 3 on Monday night, Sept. 22, at MetLife Stadium.

Often considered a malcontent and an enigmatic figure, Holmes, 30, caught 146 passes for 2,128 yards and 16 touchdowns in four seasons with the Jets. He suffered a Lisfranc injury in 2012 and caught 23 passes for 456 yards and one touchdown in 11 games last season.

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