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Santonio Holmes 'probably doubtful' for first preseason game in Cincy

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes #10 catches a

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes #10 catches a pass during practice at the Atlantic Health Training Facility. (June 12, 2012) Credit: Joe Epstein

CORTLAND -- The Jets may be without their best offensive weapon in their first preseason game.

Wide receiver Santonio Holmes likely is doubtful to play Friday in Cincinnati due to a rib injury, said Rex Ryan.

"Well, we're lucky he never had a fractured rib like we thought, or I thought anyway," Ryan said. "That's a good sign. Whether he plays this week, I'm not real sure. I'm not going to rule him out, but I'll say it's probably doutbful. But we'll see."

The head coach didn't offer any concrete details about Holmes' injury, other than mentioning the wide receiver could have possible cartilage damage and is "obviously tender."

Holmes, who missed the two straight training camp practices because of "general" soreness, was drilled by cornerback Antonio Cromartie on a second-half seven-yard reception during the Jets' Green and White scrimmage Saturday. Immediately after the game, Ryan said he heard Holmes "might have broke a rib or something. ...I don’t know if Santonio did break a rib or not, but the fact that it was sticking out...was probably an indicator."

Two hours later, a team spokesperson said X-rays on Holmes' rib were negative.

"I was surprised when it came back it wasn't fracture," Ryan said Monday morning. "Obviously, it's better this way than it would be with a fractured rib."

Ryan didn't see too keen on acquiring a veteran wide receiver at this time, but he also didn't rule it out.  

"I hope not," the coach said. "We've got, what? Twelve guys out there. At least they're supposed to be out there. Let's see some of these young guys step up and compete.

Ryan said WR Jordan White is progressing and he's anxious to see how the rookie fares in practice now that he's healthy. WR Jeremy Kerley, however, still appears to be in the doghouse.

The head coach expressed concern because Kerley's pulled hamstring has been slow to heal. Ryan told reporters Kerley wouldn't practice Monday, but the second-year slot receiver was spotted in pads as he walked toward the practice field.

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