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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Practice report: Cumberland blues

By Matt Ehalt

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (hamstring) was not practicing for the second straight day during the portion of practice open to the media. He was doing work off to the side with a trainer.

While head coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Cumberland should be fine for Sunday's game at Cincinnati, it's not a positive sign that he's missing practice again.

If Cumberland is unable to go, it would be a big blow for the Jets as they are without tight end Kellen Winslow, who is suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy. Sunday against New England, Cumberland played 75 snaps, while backups Konrad Reuland and Zach Sudfeld combined for three.

Receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring/foot) participated in individual drills but did not do much, and could be headed toward another "did not practice" designation. It appears Holmes is in the midst of a gradual process as he makes his way back from the hamstring injury he suffered Sept. 29, but it's looking more and more unlikely that he plays Sunday.

Receiver Jeremy Kerley, who was not on the injury report Wednesday, had not started practicing during the open portion as he was getting his lower half worked on, and then was doing individual stretches.