Holmes Doubtful for Preseason Opener vs Bengals

Two days after the Jets suffered a health scare with Santonio Holmes, it appears that the wide receiver will miss the preseason opener against the Bengals on Friday.

Rex Ryan said it was “probably doubtful” that Holmes, who suffered a rib injury during the intrasquad scrimmage last Saturday, will be available in Cincinnati.

Ryan initially believed that Holmes broke a rib, but X-rays later that night came back negative.

“We’re lucky we never had the fractured rib like… I thought,” Ryan said before practice on Monday. “So that’s a good sign.”

Holmes was apparently injured on a 7-yard reception after Antonio Cromartie made a clean hit and tackle on the play.

“He’s obviously tender, but see how it goes,” Ryan said. “Remember he’s had a fractured rib before. He was trying to tell me something about cartilage… or whatever. He got hit pretty good.”

Although Ryan said that he was “not going to rule him out” for the first preseason game, the team will almost certainly take a cautious approach with the starters expected to only play a few series.

The Jets have been hit with a rash of injuries to their wide receivers early in camp. Ryan said that he hopes the team doesn’t need to add a veteran to the mix. “Let’s see some of these (young) guys step up and compete,” he said.

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