Saalim Hakim likely to return kickoffs

December, 15, 2013
12/15/13
3:05
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CHARLOTTE -- Wide receiver Saalim Hakim, who was signed Friday from the practice squad, is expected to return kickoffs Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He will be the New York Jets' third kickoff returner in as many weeks. It will be his NFL debut.

Running back Darius Reynaud, who handled the job last week, was declared inactive. Previously, the kickoff returner was Josh Cribbs, but he suffered a season-ending pectoral injury.

In other pre-game news, cornerback Antonio Cromartie, listed as questionable with a concussion, is active and will start. The Jets' inactive players are quarterback David Garrard, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, guard Will Campbell, tackle Ben Ijalana, tackle Oday Aboushi, and tight end Chris Pantale.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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