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Jeremy Kerley out for Thursday night, expect more Santonio Holmes

Santonio Holmes #10 of the Jets warms up

Santonio Holmes #10 of the Jets warms up before their preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Aug. 17, 2013) Credit: Getty

As expected, the Jets officially ruled out slot receiver Jeremy Kerley (concussion) for Thursday night's game in New England. Outside linebacker Quinton Coples (ankle) and quarterback Mark Sanchez also will not face the Patriots.

Sanchez -- who told reporters earlier this week that he'd seek "a few different opinions" on his injured right shoulder -- visited Wednesday morning with noted surgeon James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., according to the New York Post.

He is expected to be on the sideline when rookie quarterback Geno Smith leads the Jets into their prime-time showdown with the Patriots.

With Kerley out, the Jets will need to find production elsewhere. But while they may lean on rookie Ryan Spadola in spots, expect Santonio Holmes to get more playing time out of necessity.

Working in the Jets' favor, however, is that the Patriots are extremely banged up as well. Running back Shane Vereen will miss at least eight weeks -- which includes their Week 2 and 7 matchups with the Jets -- after undergoing wrist surgery this week, plus tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Danny Amendola are both doubtful.

If Amendola and Gronkowski are inactive, that means Tom Brady will be without his top three targets against the Jets.


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