- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The Jets will be without their No. 1 wide receiver when they open the preseason Friday night in Cincinnati.
Santonio Holmes, battling a rib-cartilage injury, was ruled out Wednesday by Rex Ryan. Slot receiver Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) also won't play, leaving a patchwork receiving corps. Rookie Stephen Hill, Patrick Turner and Chaz Schilens, who have a combined total of 82 career receptions, will be the top three wideouts in the game.
HolmesHolmes was injured in last Saturday night's scrimmage. The initial fear was that he fractured a rib, but an X-ray was negative, the team said. He was listed as day-to-day, but there was never a chance he'd play in the opener. It makes no sense to expose him to further injury. Holmes hasn't practiced this week, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he misses the second game as well.
"I'm getting better every day right now," Holmes said Tuesday. "I'm taking it one day at a time. When I feel the need for contact and the trainers are ready for me to have contact, then I'll be ready to roll."
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