Monday, September 2, 2013
Jets' Milliner ready for debut; Coples out
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner, whom the Jets drafted to ostensibly replace Darrelle Revis, proclaimed himself ready to face Revis' new team -- the Bucs -- Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
"I feel great," Milliner said Monday after practice. "I'm back on the field. I'm back doing everything 100 percent, so I feel good."
Milliner, selected ninth overall, missed the last two preseason games with a calf injury. He was seen leaving MetLife Stadium last Thursday night in a walking boot, fueling speculation that he could he hurt worse than initially thought. No doubt, he will be targeted by the Bucs. Milliner fell behind in training camp after missing the first few days because of a contract dispute, and he missed two weeks of practice with the calf.
The Jets will be down one, possibly two starters on defense. Rex Ryan acknowledged the obvious, that outside linebacker Quinton Coples (fractured ankle) won't play. Sources say he could miss the first month. Nose tackle Kenrick Ellis (back), sidelined for three preseason games, was a non-participant in practice during the 30-minute window for the media.