Hunter back, ready to practice

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- One day after being excused from practice for an undisclosed personal reason, embattled RT Wayne Hunter was back with the Jets and will practice Wednesday afternoon, according to Rex Ryan.

Hunter, coming off a poor performance Saturday night against the Giants, met with Ryan on Tuesday and didn't accompany the team to its evening practice at MetLife Stadium. He attended meetings earlier in the day. Ryan has been tight-lipped as to why he excused Hunter.

Ryan denied an ESPN report that the Jets are looking for a right tackle. In reality, they've been looking for several months, evidenced by the aborted Jeff Otah trade. They intensified their efforts in recent days, exploring possible low- and mid-level trades. From all indications, though, Hunter probably will be the opening-day starter.

In injury news, WR Santonio Holmes (ribs) and WR Jeremy Kerley, both of whom missed the first two preseason games, could play Sunday night against the Panthers, Ryan said. WR Chaz Schilens (ankle), NT Sione Pouha (back) and S Eric Smith (knee) are out.

NO WILDCAT: Don't expect to see Tim Tebow running the Wildcat this week. Ryan said Tebow won't get any snaps with the starters.

"We'll go with Mark [Sanchez], and then when it's time, we'll put Tebow (in) to close out the game," he said. "Do I see them in there together? No, I don't see that."

The starters figure to play into the third quarter.