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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Holmes: 'I felt a pop'

By Rich Cimini

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Santonio Holmes fractured a rib in 2008, back in his Steelers days, and he thought he did it again Saturday night in the Jets' intrasquad scrimmage.

"One of the guys fell on top of me in the scrimmage,” Holmes said Tuesday, commenting for the first time since the injury. "That was the first thing I mentioned to the trainers, I think something broke. I felt a pop."

The X-ray was negative, according to the team, but Holmes did sustain some cartilage damage, which can be just as painful as an actual fracture. Holmes has missed two days of practice, saying the pain has restricted his lateral movement. He spent a good portion of Tuesday's practice riding a stationary bike.

Rex Ryan said Holmes is "probably doubtful" for Friday night's preseason opener in Cincinnati. It makes absolutely no sense to play him in the game. They should point toward the third game, when the starters usually get a bulk of the reps.

"(I'm) just getting some functional movements together," Holmes said. "Once it’s time to get rolling, I’ll be ready to roll with no setbacks."

Holmes said he wants to be cautious because "it can’t prolong itself through the season. Get as much as treatment as you can and continue to work out when you can."

The Jets are banged up at receiver. With Holmes and Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) out, they probably will start rookie Stephen Hill and Chaz Schilens in the opener, with Patrick Turner also seeing significant time. Rookie WR Jordan White, who got a late start because of a broken foot, is seeing more action and figures to get a lot of playing time.