- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rookie CB Dee Milliner, coming off a shaky performance against the Jaguars, didn't practice Tuesday because of a sore calf.
Milliner, the ninth overall pick in the draft, has been nagged by the calf for several days. He dressed for practice, in full pads, but spent a lot of time off to the side, working with the trainers.
"It hasn't been getting a whole lot better, so the trainers came to me and said, 'Let's give him some time,'" Rex Ryan said. "Hopefully, it won't be too long and, hopefully, he'll be back out there."
Ryan was critical of Milliner after the Jacksonville game, as was fellow CB Antonio Cromartie, who said they expect more out of the rookie.
"For [Milliner], you've got to take it as a challenge," Cromartie said Tuesday. "You being the NFL player, you being a professional guy, you want to take what the coach says as a challenge. ... We all look forward to seeing how he's going to step up this week."
If Milliner doesn't play Saturday night against the Giants, he'd be replaced by Kyle Wilson.