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NFL roundup: Jets fear Holmes may be lost for season

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The latest news on wide receiver Santonio Holmes doesn't sound good for the New York Jets.

The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that the Jets are still awaiting final test results but fear that Holmes' foot injury will end his season. A final diagnosis has yet to be determined.

Holmes went down during the Jets' 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. With a lack of wide receivers and the Jets struggling on offense, Holmes would be missed. He has 20 receptions for 272 yards and one touchdown this season.

Rookie receiver Stephen Hill, the team's No. 1 draft pick, is nursing a sore hamstring and hasn't had a catch in the past two games. Reports indicate that the Jets might seek to add a receiver.

The Jets (2-2) already were dealing with another significant loss after Pro Bowl cornerback Derrelle Revis was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

--- Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles barring any setbacks.

Tomlin also indicated that running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) could be back on the field Sunday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Mendenhall has not played this season after suffering an ACL tear last year.

Harrison (knee) went through a full practice MondayHe has not played yet this season. Polamalu (calf) went through a third straight practice Monday after missing the past two games.

---Jake Locker's injured left shoulder likely will keep the Tennessee Titans quarterback from playing Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings and he could miss several games.

Locker suffered a separated non-throwing shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans. Coach Mike Munchak said an MRI on Monday showed no structural damage, The Tennessean reported.

If Locker can't go, Matt Hasselbeck would get the start. He replaced Locker on Sunday and completed 17 of 25 passes for 193 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

---Despite Seattle's offensive struggles in its first four games, the Seahawks are sticking with rookie Russell Wilson as their starting quarterback.

Coach Pete Carroll told The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., that Matt Flynn, the team's big offseason acquisition, wasn't ready to play because of an elbow injury that has limited him in practice. But Carroll later backtracked on that statement, saying Flynn is ready to play but that the elbow could linger all season.

Wilson has completed 60 of 100 passes for 594 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions in leading the Seahawks to a 2-2 record.

---San Diego running back Ryan Mathews didn't see a lot of action Sunday until the fourth quarter of the Chargers' win Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs, but the former first-round draft pick should be getting more carries soon.

Coach Norv Turner expects to give Mathews more significant playing time soon as long as he overcomes a fumbling problem and shows an ability to handle the workload in key situations, U-T San Diego reported. Mathews might even earn his starting job back.

---Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Tommie Harris was charged with indecent exposure, urinating in public and threatening a police officer early Tuesday morning in Chicago.

Harris was arrested after he was caught urinating outside a bar in the Wrigleyville section of the city and then becoming confrontational with an officer who approached him, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Harris, 29, is not on an NFL roster this season. He last played for the San Diego Chargers a year ago.

---Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was understandably down after Monday night's 34-18 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Speaking Tuesday morning on Dallas radio station KRLD-FM, Jones, said, "I know this: I couldn't be more disappointed. Frankly, I'm surprised we didn't play better."

Quarterback Tony Romo equaled a career high with five interceptions in the rout.

"We all see what happens when your quarterback tries to do too much," Jones said.

Jones did offer some good news, saying center Phil Costa (back) could return when the Cowboys face the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 14 and that starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) and defensive end Kenyon Coleman (knee) also might be ready to go.

---Suspended New Orleans coach Sean Payton doesn't plan to ask the NFL for special permission to witness Saints quarterback Drew Brees breaking Johnny Unitas' NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

The Saints (0-4) play the San Diego Chargers (3-1) on Sunday night, but Payton won't be there should Brees set the mark with a TD pass in 48 straight games, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

---The New York Jets signed former Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry and waived injured tight end Dedrick Epps.

Berry was suspended for three games in August after violating the league's personal-conduct policy and subsequently released by the Lions. He was arrested during the summer on charges of simple assault and suspicion of DUI.

Berry's signing could be a precursor to the Jetts putting cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, on season-ending injured reserve.

--Linebacker Adrian Moten was re-signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, who released linebacker Brian Rolle and long snapper Kyle Nelson.

Guard Julian Vandervelde was signed to the Eagles' practice squad.

Moten was with Philadelphia during training camp, but was released during final roster cuts.

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