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Breaking: Jets cut ties with former starting WR

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The New York Jets released former top wide receiver Jeremy Kerley Monday, a week after his four-week PED suspension ended. 

Per ESPN, Kerley's one-week roster exemption expired at 4 p.m. Monday. Instead of activating him to the 53-man roster, the Jets decided to part ways with the veteran receiver and punt returner.

He was the Jets' No. 3 receiver until Nov. 6, when he was suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Kerley claimed he didn't knowingly take any illegal substances, saying last week that "a ghost" was responsible for his positive test.

Kerley was a Jets starter in 2014, but mostly played in the No. 3 role. 

During the suspension, the Jets used rookies Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart in the receiver rotation. Now that they're eliminated from contention, the Jets' goal is to continue to develop the young players.

Kerley, 29, a fifth round pick of the Jets in 2011, re-signed on Sept. 5 after being released by the San Francisco 49ers. He finished the season with 22 catches, 217 yards and one touchdown.

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Source: ESPN · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency