FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan won't wait to insert Santonio Holmes back into the starting lineup.
With the New York Jets just two games away from a bye week, and Holmes missing his fourth straight game Sunday because of his ailing hamstring, the Jets could consider shutting down Holmes until after the bye to give him even more time to heal. Ryan, though, refuted that notion Friday.
"I can understand where you're coming from with that, that logic probably makes sense, but in this league, if a guy like that is ready to go, you want him playing," Ryan said. "He's a difference-maker, and if he's healthy to go we want him playing."
Holmes hinted Thursday he would return after the bye. The Jets play the Bengals this Sunday before hosting New Orleans. They then go on their bye before returning Nov. 17 against the Bills. That would give Holmes six weeks to return from his hamstring injury.
"At this point, I think the bye week is coming at a great time, giving me what, five, maybe six weeks to get healthy," Holmes said Thursday. "Should be ready to roll."
Holmes has yet to practice since suffering the injury, although he did make some progress this week as he stretched with the team and even ran a route Thursday. He wasn't on the field during the portion of practice open to the media Friday. It's uncertain if he'll be available against the Saints.
Ryan joked that he'd especially like Holmes back next week.
"We're playing my brother [Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan], so yeah, he's playing," Ryan said of Holmes.
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