CORTLAND, N.Y. -- You won't see the New York Jets' first-round draft pick on the field Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.
Rookie safety Calvin Pryor has returned to practice after suffering a concussion more than a week ago, but he will be held out of the preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts, Rex Ryan announced Tuesday.
"Let's get him a fresh start [next week] and make sure everything is good," said Ryan, who hinted Monday that Pryor could play. "I think that will be good for him. I was debating on, 'Do we throw him out there?' At the end of the day, let's take the cautious approach, give him a couple of days and let him have at it."
On Monday, Pryor was cleared by doctors to return to contact drills. He practiced with the third-team defense, but he spent Tuesday with the scout team -- an indication he wasn't in the plans for this week. The Jets have nine days before their second game, which will give Pryor a chance to catch up mentally and with his conditioning.
Another key player who might sit out is running back Bilal Powell (hamstring), who returned to practice Tuesday on a limited basis. Ryan said Powell could play, but it's another case where he might err on the side of caution.