FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On the day when the Jets named rookie Geno Smith their starting quarterback for Sunday's opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback Mark Sanchez (shoulder) made only a brief appearance at practice in the portion open to the media Wednesday afternoon.
Sanchez, who is day-to-day with the shoulder injury, could be out for several weeks, sources told ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini. Jets coach Rex Ryan told the team's website that Sanchez simply isn't ready right now. Sanchez suffered his injury against the New York Giants on Aug. 24.
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hip) did individual work to start practice, then appeared to be limited in positional drills. It's believed that Cromartie should be good to go Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Receiver Santonio Holmes (foot) practiced in the portion of practice open to the media. Holmes has downplayed a potential Week 1 return, although it's a good sign that he's practicing.
Defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis (back) did not participate in the portion open to the media. He missed the final three preseason games. The Jets were also without linebacker Quinton Coples (ankle), who sources say will miss several weeks with a fractured ankle, and defensive lineman Leger Douzable.
Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner (calf) was practicing, as well.
A full practice report will be available this afternoon.