Hunter (personal reasons) misses practice

August, 21, 2012
8/21/12
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Embattled right tackle Wayne Hunter was not at Jets practice at the MetLife Stadium on Tuesday night. A team spokesperson said Hunter was at team meetings earlier in the day but was excused from the practice for personal reasons.

The team held an open practice for fans at the stadium. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes participated, but wore a red jersey signifying no contact.

Hunter has gone from being the Jets' starting right tackle to fighting for his job after allowing 2.5 sacks in a preseason loss to the Giants. It was Hunter’s first game after a back injury kept him out of some training camp practices and the first preseason game.

The Jets' starting offense is the only one in the NFL that hasn’t scored a touchdown in two preseason games.

Both coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum have said publicly that the right tackle position is no longer Hunter's with any certainty.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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