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WR Hill injures finger

New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill catches

New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill catches a pass during training camp. (July 28, 2012) Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

CORTLAND -- Just what the Jets need ... another wide receiver injury.

Stephen Hill sat out the second round of team drills Tuesday morning with his right ring finger heavily taped. The rookie wideout later told reporters he wasn't sure if his finger was dislocated or broken.

Hill said the injury occurred during the first set of 11-on-11 team drills, when he was going against Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis and the pair got tangled.

Though the injury may not be as serious as a broken finger, Hill said he can't bend it.

"This finger, just -- I don't know," he said, explaining how it happened. "Dislocated or whatever. It's fine. It's fine. I'm going to try my best to get it to bend a little bit. It's still hurting a little bit but it's alright."

With just three weeks until their regular-season opener against Buffalo, the Jets can't afford another wide receiver injury. Santonio Holmes is still sidelined with a rib injury and slot receiver Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) hasn't practiced since the first day of camp. Chaz Schilens (ankle) spent most of his practice time on the stationary bike and getting stretched out by a trainer.

Kerley spent a portion of practice jogging up and down the sideline with Holmes and also was spotted near the wide receiver drills, but it was unclear if he was participating. He later fielding punts. 

The slot receiver hopes to practice fully by the end of the week (Note: the last Cortland training camp practice is Thursday), but that timetable's not soon enough for a team compensating for several wide receiver injuries. At once point, eight of the Jets' 12 receivers were injured and unable to practice fully.

Hill has played through injuries before, but said he's never had a "serious" one. And regardless of the status of his injured finger, the rookie said he'll fight through the pain.

"Oh definitely," he said. "One injury's not just going to stop me. I'm just going to see what the training staff says first and go from there." 

For now, Hill said he's not worried about the injury affecting his ability to catch the ball. "If I could just get it to bend -- it'll probably bend this evening, so it shouldnt be a problem," he said.

Despite a seemingly promising training camp -- which featured positive feedback from the coaching staff and several big catches over Revis -- Hill said he's been disappointed in his showing thus far and said he has lots of room for improvement.

"I feel like I didnt do good," he said of his progress. "I always have something to work on. I'm thinking I'm going to get better as the weeks go on and be ready for Buffalo."

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