Thursday, September 26, 2013
Cornerback Dee Milliner misses practice
By Jane McManus
FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner was not at practice Thursday after injuring his hamstring in Wednesday's practice. The Jets did not release any information Wednesday about his injury, but his absence is not a good sign for Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Milliner said he felt he’d been held out for precautionary reasons, but wasn’t sure whether the coaching staff would have him play against Tennessee.
“I just had the Achilles last month and coming with this you get aggravated,” Milliner said. “But I’m going to be OK, like I said, stay at it and keep working.”
It’s been a choppy start for the rookie. The first-round draft pick held out of training camp and then missed his first practices in Cortland with a hamstring injury. Even before getting in a Jet uniform, Milliner had shoulder surgery in the stretch between his college season and his opening camp.
Milliner was benched following a poor performance in the first quarter against the New England Patriots in Week 2.
If Milliner isn’t available in Tennessee this Sunday, the Jets will look to Kyle Wilson and Darrin Walls. Playing in place of Milliner last weekend, Wilson had a penalty-filled series that resulted in a brief benching of his own.
For a coach who has famously said you can never have too many cornerbacks, Rex Ryan could use a few more corners.
Running back Chris Ivory (hamstring), wide receiver Santonio Holmes, offensive lineman Oday Aboushi (knee), wide receiver Clyde Gates (knee) and defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis rode the bikes after stretching, although Gates returned kicks in special teams drills.