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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Milliner suffers hamstring injury

By Matt Ehalt

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets rookie cornerback Dee Milliner did not make it through Wednesday's practice as he suffered a hamstring injury. He was officially listed as a limited participant in practice.

The ninth pick in April's draft has been dealing with various injuries in his brief career. He missed OTAs and minicamp after undergoing surgery on a torn labrum on March 12, and then missed two preseason games with an Achilles injury. He also had a hip injury earlier this season, but he didn't miss any time. Including his playing time at Alabama, Milliner has already undergone five surgeries.

Milliner started the first two games, but was demoted to strictly nickel package situations for Sunday's game against the Bills. Milliner was benched in the second half against the Patriots on Sept. 12, and the Jets only used him for 22 snaps Sunday. He played the second-fewest snaps among the defensive backs.

Kyle Wilson, who replaced Milliner on the outside against the Bills, had a rough game as he was penalized on four straight plays before being benched for a series. Jets coach Rex Ryan would not commit to him as the starter this weekend against Tennessee. Darrin Walls replaced Wilson when he sat out the series.

"I don't know about that. We'll see," Ryan said of Wilson starting. "Will he start in some defenses? Absolutely."

SCRATCHED IVORY: Running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) also did not practice on Wednesday, instead riding a stationary bike during the portion of practice open to the media. The Jets have not given any indication yet that they believe he will be available for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Ivory's left hamstring flared up during Sunday's 27-20 win over Buffalo. Ivory rushed four times for five yards, and grabbed his hamstring after being tackled on his final run. It's the same hamstring that forced him to miss two weeks of training camp, but it's in a different location this time.

Ryan has not established a timetable for Ivory's return, but given Ivory's history of dealing with injuries, the Jets are not expecting a quick recovery. Injuries have plagued Ivory throughout his career, as he has yet to play a full season. Ryan said the trainers and doctors will make the determination of when Ivory can go.

"I get it because it's the third time he's had a hamstring or whatever but we'll see," Ryan said of Ivory's track record with injuries. "We'll see how it is."

The Jets dealt a fourth-round pick to New Orleans to acquire Ivory, and he hasn't produced thus far. He's rushed 26 times for 72 yards (2.8 yards per carry) and has failed to score. He's averaged 1.5 yards or fewer per carry in two of the first three games, and has peaked at 52 yards. Bilal Powell has instead been the team's leading back, and he rushed for a career-high 149 yards against Buffalo.