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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Jets' Holmes, Ellis active for opener

By Rich Cimini

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As expected, wide receiver Santonio Holmes (foot) is active for the season opener Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It became apparent around mid-week that Holmes, who missed the entire preseason, would be ready for the first game. Early in training camp, there were doomsday reports about Holmes, with some speculation he could miss a month or two. The question is, how much will he play? Holmes, restricted to limited practice time, probably will be spotted throughout the game. Look for him in third-down situations.

In a mild surprise, DT Kenrick Ellis (back) is active. Ellis missed the last three preseason games and, even though he practiced on a limited basis, there was some question about his availability.

The Jets' inactives are QB Mark Sanchez, OT Ben Ijalana, G Will Campbell, OT Oday Aboushi, LB Quinton Coples, LB Danny Lansanah and LB Scott Solomon.

By deactivating Ijalana, Campbell and Aboushi, the Jets are dressing only seven offensive linemen. The backups are rookie G Brian Winters and C Caleb Schlauderaff. If they need a replacement at tackle, starting LG Vladimir Ducasse could move out to tackle.

The Bucs' inactives are QB Dan Orlovsky, CB Rashaan Melvin, FE Erik Lorig, G Carl Nicks, TE Tom Crabtree, DE William Gholston and DT Chris Jones.