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Rookie Calvin Pryor ruled out for opener

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.

Dawan Landry and Antonio Allen are expected to start at safety.

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.