Lynne Sladky, Associated Press
New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) sits alone on the bench in the closing minutes of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Miami. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 19-17.

MIAMI — First came a squabble in the huddle. Then, Santonio Holmes found himself on the bench.

The New York Jets' receiver and captain was yanked as his team tried to rally in the fourth quarter Sunday and avoid elimination from the playoff race. To compound the soap opera, coach Rex Ryan said he thought Holmes took himself out.

The Jets lost 19-17 to the Miami Dolphins. Following a spat with teammates, Holmes was replaced by Patrick Turner.

"It was a coach's call," Holmes said. "Patrick came in and tapped me on the shoulder and told me to come out."

The decision may have come from an assistant coach aware that Holmes had argued with teammates. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson said they were unhappy about Holmes' effort, demeanor and body language.