Jets WR Santonio Holmes out vs Bengals

DENNIS WASZAK Jr. (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Santonio Holmes won't be back this weekend.

Maybe next Sunday. Or, maybe after the bye week.

It's uncertain when the New York Jets wide receiver will return from a hamstring injury that will sideline him for the fourth straight game. Coach Rex Ryan ruled out Holmes on Friday for the Jets' game Sunday at Cincinnati against the AFC North-leading Bengals.

Holmes did not participate in practice all week while recovering from the injury that occurred in the Jets' loss at Tennessee in Week 4.

Holmes said Thursday that the hamstring ''feels good,'' but then seemed to indicate he could wait until after the team's bye-week break to return on Nov. 17 against Buffalo.

The Jets play one more game before the bye - next Sunday against New Orleans, whose defense is coached by Ryan's twin brother Rob.

''That logic probably makes sense, but in this league, if a guy like that is ready to go, you want him playing,'' Rex Ryan said of possibly waiting until after the bye. ''He's a difference maker and if he's healthy to go, we want him playing.''

Then, Ryan joked: ''And, we're playing my brother so, yeah, he's playing.''

Center Nick Mangold was listed as questionable with a rib injury, but Ryan wasn't concerned about his availability for the game.

''Nah, he's good,'' Ryan said. ''We're going to leave it questionable, put some doubt in their mind. I don't know, it doesn't look good. No, he's fine.''

Wide receiver Greg Salas is also questionable with a knee injury, and unlikely to play. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley fully participated a day after being limited with a hamstring issue, while tight end Jeff Cumberland was limited, also with a hamstring. Both are probable.


AP NFL website: