Shades of '12: Injuries at receiver

May, 22, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets' first open OTA practice Wednesday looked a lot like many of their games last season -- their best receivers were on the sideline.

Starters Santonio Holmes (foot rehab) and Stephen Hill (knee swelling) didn't practice. Neither did Clyde Gates (hamstring) and Jordan White (undisclosed).

"We had a good-looking receiving corps that wasn't out there," Rex Ryan said.

Holmes' absence was expected, as he's still recovering from a LisFranc injury that required surgery last September. Ryan said Holmes won't be ready for next month's minicamp, but he expects him to be ready for training camp in late July. Chances are, he'll be limited in camp. The team's goal is to get him ready for Week 1.

Hill underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last December, and said as recently as two weeks ago that he was 100 percent. But he has sat out the first two OTA practices, according to Ryan.

The receiving corps was crushed by injuries last season, including a number of hamstring issues. Ryan senses that old, familiar feeling. He's convinced the team is in good shape, but he wondered aloud, "Sometimes you're like, 'What are we doing here?'"

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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