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Rex Ryan won't be specific about Santonio Holmes' return

Santonio Holmes speaks to the media about his

Santonio Holmes speaks to the media about his injury and subsequent rehabilitation following Day 2 of team minicamp. (June 12, 2013) Credit: James Escher

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Rex Ryan did little to clear up the uncertain timeline of Santonio Holmes' return.

The Jets' No. 1 receiver reportedly is telling confidants he might miss the first four games of the regular season, but Ryan isn't ready to rule out Holmes just yet.

"I think we'll just let it play out," Ryan said. "When the trainers say, 'Hey, look, he's ready to go,' I'm confident that Santonio will be ready to go. He's in great shape. He's doing everything but out there playing. He's running. He's training. He does everything that's asked of him. I think he'll be ready."

Ryan couldn't say when Holmes will be game-ready, though. "Whenever the trainers say he's ready to play, that's a different story," he said, "but that is not predetermined right now."

Asked if Holmes is running at full speed, Ryan said: "Well, I don't know exactly, but we've had him running."

No QB starter namedThe coaching staff, according to Ryan, has yet to name a starter at quarterback for Friday night's preseason opener in Detroit.

If the Jets stay true to their current rotation, Mark Sanchez will take first-team reps Tuesday (as he did Monday) and rookie Geno Smith will practice with the starters Wednesday before Thursday's travel.

"We're still in the process of going through the competition and things like that," Ryan said. "We do rotate them every two days. We may change that up. Tomorrow, we may go with Geno or whatever. We'll see how it goes. But we've been rotating those guys pretty well and making it an even competition. With that, the guy that doesn't start the game is still going to get opportunities with the 'ones.' "

Neither quarterback provided any insight on the matter. Said Sanchez: "I have no idea. Ask Marty [Mornhinweg, the offensive coordinator]."

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