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Former Pitt and Lions cornerback Aaron Berry signed with the Jets on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.

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By The Associated Press
Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, 9:23 p.m.

The Jets are giving Aaron Berry a chance at reviving his NFL career.

The former Pitt star, who was arrested twice this summer and cut by the Lions, signed with the Jets on Monday.

With All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, who also was a Pitt standout, likely out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee, Berry gives the Jets much-needed depth to their secondary.

“We feel that Aaron has a chance to be successful on and off the field here,” coach Rex Ryan said. “If we didn't believe that, then we wouldn't bring him here. As far as him as a player, I feel he has the physical skill set we look for in our corners, and the No. 1 skill set would be man cover skills. We feel he has those.”

Berry was signed by Detroit as an undrafted free agent and started three games last season and one in 2010. But the Lions terminated Berry's contract in July after his second arrest of the summer in Pennsylvania. Berry, who is from Harrisburg, was arrested June 23 in that area on suspicion of DUI, failure to stop and render aid from an accident and other counts.

X-rays negative on Holmes' foot

X-rays were negative on wide receiver Santonio Holmes left foot after he was injured during the Jets' 34-0 loss Sunday.

Holmes still is expected to be sidelined for at least a few weeks. Ryan said the team is awaiting results of an MRI exam, adding that they were “shipped to different people.”

“I think, depending on the severity of, I don't know the exact term, but if it's muscle, it could heal much quicker,” Ryan said. “If it's something else, ligaments or whatever, then it would take much longer.”

Ryan stands by QB Sanchez

Ryan insists it isn't time for a quarterback change, no matter who thinks it might benefit the Jets if Tim Tebow stepped in for Mark Sanchez.

The Jets coach said he knows “in my heart” that switching quarterbacks isn't the move that will jump-start the team. He said there's plenty more that needs to improve than just the quarterback — although Sanchez needs to bounce back from a few lousy performances.

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