- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The New York Jets will be without their No. 1 playmaker for the second straight game.
"I don't see Santonio playing," Ryan said after Monday's practice.
Holmes started participating in individual drills in practice, but he's not ready for team drills. Technically, he's listed as day-to-day, but the Jets are taking a cautious approach.
"You have to be able to protect yourself," Ryan said, alluding to Holmes' painful condition.
Ryan doesn't play his starters in the final preseason game, meaning Holmes is down to one possible tuneup game before the regular season -- Aug. 26 against the Carolina Panthers.
Asked if there's a chance Holmes might miss the Sept. 9 opener against the Buffalo Bills, Ryan said, "I don't see that at all."
Ryan said they were lucky that Holmes didn't break a rib in the Aug. 4 intrasquad scrimmage, but he's had rib problems in the past and they don't want to push him.
Without Holmes, the Jets' receiving corps is filled with inexperienced players. The top receivers are rookie Stephen Hill, slot receiver Jeremy Kerley (out with a slightly torn hamstring), Patrick Turner and former Oakland Raiders player Chaz Schilens, who is off to a slow start.
As of now, the Jets have no plans to sign a veteran, assuming Holmes and Kerley are ready for the season opener. They have no interest in Chad Johnson, cut by the Miami Dolphins, and there's no chance they will re-sign Plaxico Burress, still a free agent.
The Jets continue to toy with the idea of using cornerback Antonio Cromartie at receiver. In fact, Cromartie practiced with the receivers Monday during individual drills.
Early in camp, Cromartie created a controversy when he told ESPN that he'd rank himself as the second-best receiver on the team, which didn't sit well with Schilens. On Monday, Cromartie toned down the bravado.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "I've been waiting for the opportunity to try to play both ways in the NFL for a while."
Safety Eric Smith (sprained knee) and nose tackle Sione Pouha (back) also are expected to miss Saturday night's game. Initially Pouha missed practice time after suffering a gash to his forehead early in camp, but he's now hampered by a sore back.
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