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Skin Infection Knocks Jets’ Greene Out Of Sunday’s Preseason Game

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets running back Shonn Greene has a “low-grade skin infection” on his right foot and will not play in the team’s preseason game against Cincinnati on Sunday night.

Team spokesman Bruce Speight said Thursday night that the infection was caught early and is being treated “appropriately with antibiotics.”

Greene, expected to be the starting running back this season, was at the team’s facility. The team did not immediately know if it is a staph infection because the type of skin infection Greene has cannot be cultured. Typically, only open wounds can be cultured.

Greene was at the morning walkthrough, but didn’t practice Thursday and it’s unknown when he’ll return to the field. With Greene out on Sunday and Joe McKnight healing from a concussion, LaDainian Tomlinson, Bilal Powell and Chris Jennings will handle the carries.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Plaxico Burress appeared to be a full participant at practice while working with the first-team offense. He had been hobbled by a sprained left ankle until Wednesday, when he caught his first pass of training camp in team drills. Burress appears to be on track to make his playing debut for the Jets on Sunday.

Center Nick Mangold (stinger), right guard Brandon Moore (hip) and backup quarterback Mark Brunell (pinkie) all participated in team drills.

Linebacker Bart Scott (leg), nose tackle Sione Pouha (left knee) and Marcus Dixon (knee) all did not participate in team drills. Scott didn’t seem concerned about the swelling and soreness in the leg.

“I’ve had a lot worse,” he said. “If this was the regular season, it wouldn’t matter. I’d throw some dirt on it.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)