Jeremy Kerley not done for season

Updated: November 4, 2013, 8:04 PM ET
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley suffered a dislocated left elbow during Sunday's win over the New Orleans Saints, but it's not a season-ending injury, according to a league source. The expectation is Kerley will be sidelined for a few weeks.

On a Bilal Powell run in the second quarter of the Jets' 26-20 win, Saints linebacker David Hawthorne crashed into Kerley's elbow as the receiver had his left arm out to brace himself for his fall. Kerley headed straight to the locker room after being hit, and didn't return. He caught one pass for one yard in the win.

"It looked ugly, there's no question about that," Jets coach Rex Ryan said of the injury.

Losing Kerley is a tough blow for the Jets, as he's been their top receiver this year, leading the team with 28 catches for 347 yards. He is tied for the team lead with two touchdowns.

While the Jets will have to cope without Kerley for the time being, they should get some of their top playmakers back after this week's bye. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring) has missed the last five games, but there's optimism he'll return when the Jets visit Buffalo on Nov. 17.

Tight end Kellen Winslow should also return after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy. The Jets have a roster exemption for Winslow expiring Nov. 11 at 4 p.m., allowing them to postpone making a roster move until after the bye.

Fellow tight end Jeff Cumberland (concussion) missed Sunday's game but should also be returning after the bye.

"I really couldn't control what happened to me. I think it was something over my allergies. Some medicine I was taking and it was on the banned substances list. It's just life. You deal with stuff," Winslow said. "People that know me know that I'm not trying to gain an edge or something like that illegally or anything like that. I respect the game too much for that."

When Kerley left Sunday's game, receiver Greg Salas saw a boost in snaps, and ultimately led the Jets with 57 receiving yards. Backup tight end Zach Sudfeld also took advantage of his increased playing time in Cumberland's absence by catching two passes for 46 yards.

"Really proud of the guys that stepped up," Ryan said. "Guys that maybe haven't been accustomed to being in significant roles play-time wise. You've got Zach stepping up, you've got Salas stepping in."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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