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Santonio Holmes will sit out Jets' preseason opener

The New York Jets will be without Santonio Holmes when they open their preseason schedule Friday against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.

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Holmes is recovering from a rib cartilage injury that he suffered during last weekend's scrimmage, and Jets coach Rex Ryan doesn't want to take any chances with his No. 1 wide receiver.

"I'm getting better every day right now," Holmes said Tuesday. "I'm taking it one day at a time. When I feel the need for contact and the trainers are ready for me to have contact, then I'll be ready to roll."

Losing Holmes for an extended period would be a potentially calamatious scenario for a Jets team that appears paper-thin at wideout. Slot receiver Jeremy Kerley also will be held out of the game as he deals with a hamstring injury.

The other notable scratch from Friday's action is right tackle Wayne Hunter, who will sit with a back issue. Hunter's job was saved when Jeff Otah was unable to pass his physical, voiding a trade with Carolina Panthers, but the Jets lineman needs as much work as he can get at this stage.

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