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Holmes returns to beef up receiving corps

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was all smiles

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was all smiles following practice at the Atlantic Health Training Facility. (June 13, 2012) Credit: Joe Epstein

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- With the Jets in search of their first touchdown, let alone win, having Santonio Holmes back on the field was a welcome sight.

The wide receiver, who missed both preseason games with rib and back injuries, returned to the practice field Monday wearing a red non-contact jersey and participated in walk-through and position drills but not team drills.

Wide receivers Jeremy Kerley (hamstring), who did position drills and caught punts, and Chaz Schilens (ankle), who didn't practice, also missed both games.

Coach Rex Ryan said he expects Holmes and Kerley to play Sunday against Jacksonville. "Clearly, I'd like to see three of our top receivers back on the field," Ryan said before Monday's practice. "You're minus three weapons, that probably takes you down a little bit."

Bellore tries fullback

Nick Bellore has switched meeting rooms, jersey colors and positions.

The 6-1, 250-pound linebacker turned fullback participated in running back drills Monday.

Bellore, who will also attend meetings with the offense, will remain a linebacker but also serve as a backup to starting fullback John Connor.

"It's something I've always dreamed about," said Bellore, who hasn't played fullback since high school. "A defensive guy to carry the ball."

Jet streams

Tim Tebow, who completed 6 of 10 passes in 11-on-11 drills Monday, took reps with the first team. Mark Sanchez was 8-for-15 passing . . . The Jets waived RT Stephon Heyer . . . "Family night" practice will be at MetLife Stadium Tuesday. The event, which is held every year at Hofstra, had to be rescheduled because of campus construction and maintenance in preparation for a presidential debate Oct. 16.

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