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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Jeremy Kerley ruled out vs. Pats

By Rich Cimini
ESPN.com

New York Jets wide receiver and punt returner Jeremy Kerley, who suffered a concussion in the season-opening win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won't play Thursday night against the New England Patriots.

The Jets announced Kerley's status Wednesday before leaving for Foxborough.

Jeremy Kerley
Banged-up Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley said he's not going to shy away from taking more punishment on Sunday.

The news came as no surprise, as the team said Monday that Kerley was concussed even though he was cleared to return to the game. He passed in-game and postgame concussion tests, according to the team, but exhibited symptoms Monday and was diagnosed with a concussion.

Kerley's helmet flew off on an eight-yard reception when he was sandwiched by a trio of Buccaneers defenders -– Leonard Johnson, Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron, who was penalized for unnecessary roughness. On the previous series, Goldson was penalized for a similar hit on tight end Jeff Cumberland.

Anticipating Kerley's absence, the Jets re-signed veteran Ben Obomanu, who was with the team in training camp. Obomanu arrived in time for Tuesday's practice.

Kerley's absence will be felt in two ways. He is the Jets' slot receiver, playing in three-receiver packages, and their top punt returner.

Without Kerley, New York's top receivers are Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates. The Jets also have Obomanu and rookie Ryan Spadola. Cornerback Kyle Wilson likely will replace Kerley as the punt returner.

As expected, quarterback Mark Sanchez (shoulder) and linebacker Quinton Coples (ankle) also were ruled out. Every other injured player is listed as probable.