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Jets may have lost Santonio Holmes for season

The Jets already have lost cornerback Darrelle Revis for the season, and now they may be without wide receiver Santonio Holmes for the rest of 2012.

According to a report on ESPNNewYork.com, the final results of diagnostic tests won’t be known until Wednesday morning, but the expectation is that Holmes’s foot injury is season-ending, a league source said Tuesday night.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and John Clayton later confirmed the report.

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The loss of Holmes would be a crushing blow for the Jets, who lost their best defensive player, Revis, nine days ago to a season-ending knee injury. Holmes is the team’s leading receiver, and generally considered their top playmaker on offense.

The report said Holmes may have sustained a Lisfranc injury — torn ligaments in the mid-foot area. That injury often requires surgery and takes several months of recovery time.

Heyward-Bey back

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey practiced for the first time Tuesday since being hospitalized by a helmet-to-helmet hit as the Raiders worked on fixing their problems during the bye week.

Heyward-Bey took part in individual drills as the Raiders (1-3) held their first of two practices this week before getting four days off for the bye.

He ran some routes and caught some passes in his first step back.

Heyward-Bey was knocked unconscious Sept. 23 by a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone from Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy. Heyward-Bey appeared to be knocked out by the hit. He then crashed to the turf headfirst and his neck twisted awkwardly. He was taken to the hospital for a concussion and sprained neck.

Ex-Patriots sign on

Receiver Jabar Gaffney signed with the Dolphins, who terminated the contract of receiver Legedu Naanee. Gaffney, 31, had the best season of his career last year with the Redskins, then signed with the Patriots and was released at the end of training camp. He tried out a month ago with the Dolphins, who have been plagued by poor depth at the position. Gaffney, who is in his 11th season, had 68 catches for 947 yards and five scores last season . . . The Jets signed fullback Lex Hilliard and waived receiver Patrick Turner. Hilliard was a sixth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2008 and played under Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. He was cut by the Patriots last month.

Controversial words

Ravens center Matt Birk has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage, a view that opposes that of teammate Brandon Ayanbadejo. In an article printed Sunday in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Birk wrote, ‘‘Ideas have consequences, and laws shape culture. Marriage redefinition will affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society. As a Christian and a citizen, I am compelled to care about both.’’ Birk is a Roman Catholic and father of six. Ayanbadejo previously spoke in favor of gay marriage. Speaking at the Ravens training complex, Birk, a former standout at Harvard, said, ‘‘It’s not my goal to engage in any debates with any one person or persons. They have their opinions. It just happens we disagree on what marriage is in the public forum.’’

Hurd cousin pleads guilty

A cousin of former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd agreed to plead guilty in connection with allegations that Hurd tried to establish a drug-distribution network, according to documents filed by prosecutors. Jesse Tyrone Chavful signed a plea agreement Monday on one count of conspiracy to possess five or more kilograms of cocaine — 11 pounds or more — with intent to distribute. The plea agreement calls for a minimum of 10 years in prison. According to the agreement, Hurd asked Chavful last year to find him 10 kilograms of cocaine, or about 22 pounds. Chavful then allegedly tried to arrange a deal with people who turned out to be federal informants. He was recorded in November telling an informant ‘‘not to worry about the payment for the drugs because Hurd had money,’’ the agreement said. Chavful also told the informant that ‘‘Hurd could not be on the scene’’ when drugs were delivered., according to the agreement.

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