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Skin infection will sideline Jets RB Greene for Sunday's game

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets running back Shonn Greene has a "low-grade skin infection" on his right foot and will not play in Sunday night's preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jets spokesman Bruce Speight said Thursday night that the infection was caught early and is being treated "appropriately with antibiotics."

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The team didn't immediately know if it is a staph infection because the type of skin infection Greene has cannot be cultured. Typically, only open wounds can be cultured.

Greene, expected to be the Jets' starting running back this season, was at the morning walkthrough Thursday but didn't practice, and it's unknown when he'll return to the field. With Greene ruled out and Joe McKnight healing from a concussion, LaDainian Tomlinson, Bilal Powell and Chris Jennings will handle the carries.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Plaxico Burress appeared to be a full participant at practice while working with the first-team offense. He had been hobbled by a sprained left ankle until Wednesday, when he caught his first pass of training camp in team drills. Burress appears to be on track to make his playing debut for the Jets on Sunday.

Center Nick Mangold (stinger), right guard Brandon Moore (hip) and backup quarterback Mark Brunell (pinkie) all participated in team drills.

Linebacker Bart Scott (leg), nose tackle Sione Pouha (left knee) and Marcus Dixon (knee) all didn't participate in team drills. Scott didn't seem concerned about the swelling and soreness in the leg.

"I've had a lot worse," he said. "If this was the regular season, it wouldn't matter. I'd throw some dirt on it."

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