Josh Cribbs warms up before a game against the New...

Josh Cribbs warms up before a game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Nov. 3, 2013) Credit: Lee S. Weissman

The Jets are now in the market for a new kick returner.

Rex Ryan said Monday that Josh Cribbs suffered a "pretty serious" injury in Sunday's 23-3 loss to the Dolphins. The veteran kick returner/wide receiver was forced to leave the game in the second quarter and was spotted leaving the stadium with his right arm in a sling.

"I think it's pretty bad," Ryan said. "We'll have an update for you as we get going. I don't have [any specifics] . . . right now, but I think it's pretty serious."

Antonio Cromartie handled the kickoff duties in Cribbs' absence, but Ryan said the Jets will "look at other options. Certainly, Cro did a tremendous job back there, but he is our best corner."

Reed still the man

Ryan admitted he's got to do "a better job" of getting second-year safety Antonio Allen in the game. But the Jets coach said he'll continue to start Ed Reed, unless the future Hall of Famer gets injured. Since Reed's arrival, Allen has gone from a young player showing promise to a non-factor. Allen played just nine snaps against Miami, compared with 73 for Reed. Still, Ryan said, "I think Ed gives us the best shot."

Holmes stretch

The coach said Santonio Holmes played only two snaps Sunday because they didn't want him to suffer another setback after tweaking his hamstring in practice last week.

"We thought that he was going to play a little more than that, but we noticed that the burst wasn't quite there," Ryan said of his decision to activate Holmes for the game. "We can't afford for him to take a step back, lose him for the rest of the year. We need him to be going forward." Ryan said he's hoping to have a healthy Holmes and Jeremy Kerley (elbow) against Oakland.

Mixed messages?

Dee Milliner didn't get the Geno Smith treatment. While Ryan committed to starting his rookie quarterback on Sunday, he would only say "we'll see" when asked about the possibility of starting Milliner, the No. 9 overall pick. Ryan said he announced Smith as the starter because game preparations for QBs start "sooner" than other positions.

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