Updates from Saturday, Sept. 20
Brian Costello of the New York Post has an update on Milliner's status for Sunday:
Eric Decker is questionable and Dee Milliner doubtful for Monday's game #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) September 20, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 19
Brian Costello of the New York Post and Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday have the latest on Milliner:
Milliner now has quad tightness. Did not practice #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) September 19, 2014
Rex said he's hopeful Dee Milliner (ankle, quad tightness) will play vs #Bears— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) September 19, 2014
Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday has an update on Milliner from Friday's practice:
Eric Decker grabs his helmet, heads to rehab area, along w Milliner, Bellore + Cumberland #jets— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) September 19, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Sept. 18
Rex said Milliner looked "okay" today... Not 100 percent. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 18, 2014
Dee Milliner (ankle), Willie Colon (calf), Nick Mangold and Chris Johnson (ankle) were all limited in practice today #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 18, 2014
Jets-Bears injuries: Rex Ryan says Dee Milliner will play, barring setback, while Eric Decker's status is uncertain. http://t.co/67HRng9iRu— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) September 18, 2014
Earlier, Dom Cosentino of NJ.com reported on Milliner from Jets practice:
Cornerback Dee Milliner, who also did agility exercises on Wednesday, at least based on what reporters were permitted to watch, joined his teammates for positional drills on Thursday. Milliner had said after practice Wednesday that he was no longer feeling any stiffness in the left ankle he had sprained during training camp.
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 17
Dee Milliner's status for Wednesday's practice has been confirmed by Darryl Slater of NJ.com:
Eric Decker (hamstring), Dee Milliner (ankle) sidelined at Jets practice Wednesday. http://t.co/qYfFlGHXAC— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) September 17, 2014
Updates from Monday, Sept. 15
Dom Cosentino of NJ.com provides a statement from Dee Milliner discussing his injury status:
I felt good. When I first got out there, I was moving around pretty good. I came in at halftime and felt good. But when I went back out towards the end, I felt like it was tightening up a little bit, and that's when I told Antonio he could come in for me.
Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News confirmed Dee Milliner's return to the Jets' lineup:
Dee Milliner is in for the first time on Packers 4th drive. Replaces Walls. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 14, 2014
After collecting four tackles in New York's 31-24 loss to the Packers, Seth Walder of the New York Daily News provided an update on Milliner:
Dee Milliner said he told Allen to replace him because he couldn't move as well as he wanted to.— Seth Walder (@SethWalderNYDN) September 15, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 12
Kimberly Martin and Greg Logan of Newsday provide an update Dee Milliner's status:
Dee Milliner is probable— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) September 12, 2014
Darrin Walls and Antonio Allen will, in fact, start, said Rex.— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) September 12, 2014
Ryan says Milliner "will play. We'll see how much."— Greg Logan (@GregLogan1) September 12, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Sept. 11
Rex Ryan spoke about Dee Milliner following Thursday's practice (via Rich Cimini of ESPN, Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday and Dennis Wazsak Jr. of the Associated Press):
Ryan feels "pretty confident" that Milliner will play. #nyj— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 11, 2014
Rex said Milliner "moved around pretty good."— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) September 11, 2014
Milliner was limited again, as were Bush and Colon. Edds didn't practice. Enemkpali was a full participant. #Jets— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) September 11, 2014
Earlier, Cimini of ESPN reported on Milliner from Jets practice:
After a relatively heavy workload Wednesday -- his first practice since his high-ankle sprain four weeks ago -- Milliner was back on the field for Thursday's practice, in full pads with the rest of the team. He took part in positional drills, but the full extent of his participation won't be known until the injury report is released later in the day.
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10
Dom Cosentino of NJ.com reported on Dee Milliner's status from Jets practice:
Milliner, who was wearing full pads Wednesday just like the rest of the Jets, stretched with his teammates at the start of practice. He then went inside the team's complex for a few minutes. When he returned, he went to the rehab area and did some lunging exercises. Then he did a couple straight-ahead, half-speed sprints, at a distance of about 20 yards. Milliner last week did this sort of running during practice, while out of uniform.
Though Milliner missed the beginning of positional drills while in the rehab area, he joined the defensive backs for a couple drills, during the 30-minute period of practice that was open to reporters.
Eric Allen of newyorkjets.com and Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday captured coach Rex Ryan's thoughts on Milliner's status after practice:
CB Dee Milliner (ankle) was limited at practice today. Rex Ryan said Dee did quite a bit in team drills. Jets HC cautiously optimistic.— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) September 10, 2014
"Tomorrow will be a big tell for us," Rex said of Dee Milliner's status. ...Even if he does face GB, Dee won't play the entire game #jets— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) September 10, 2014
Updates from Monday, Sept. 8
Rex Ryan commented on Dee Milliner's status for Week 2 (via Rich Cimini of ESPN):
Ryan says he's hopeful Milliner can ply this week. He has said that before. #nyj— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 8, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7
The Jets confirmed Dee Milliner's status for today's game:
Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
Associated Press reporter Dennis Waszak Jr. has the latest on Milliner:
Rex says Milliner will NOT play for #Jets— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) September 5, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4
Kristian Dyer of Metro New York provides an update on Dee Milliner's injury:
Rex won't rule out Milliner "because you never say never." #nyjets— Kristian Dyer (@KristianRDyer) September 4, 2014
Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger later provided more on Milliner's status for Sunday:
Dee Milliner (high ankle sprain) misses another Jets practice, still not officially ruled out for Jets-Raiders. http://t.co/78M9wdLz15— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) September 4, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News passed along Rex Ryan's comments on Milliner on Wednesday:
Dee Milliner (ankle) didn't practice today. Rex said that "it's a little bit of a concern" he wasn't even limited. (He won't play v Raiders)— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 3, 2014
Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Brian Costello of the New York Post updated Dee Milliner's status prior to New York's opening game:
Still "too early to tell" if Milliner will play Sunday, according to Rex. Doesn't sound likely. #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) September 1, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 31
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports the latest belief on Dee Milliner's status for the Jets' season opener:
Jets will host Raiders one week from today in season opener. Feeling right now is that Dee Milliner (high ankle sprain) won't be ready #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 31, 2014
Milliner's absence means Jets starting CBs will be D Walls & recently converted safety (coming off concussion) Antonio Allen. Wilson in slot— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 31, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger has an update on Milliner's status:
Cornerback Dee Milliner is nursing a high left ankle sprain that he sustained Aug. 10 in a training camp practice. As of the middle of this week, he had yet to begin running. His rehabilitation in practice has consisted primarily of riding a stationary bike.
In the meantime, Ryan is just trying to determine who his starting cornerbacks might be against the Raiders. He said it is “still too early to tell” if Milliner will be available.
'My understanding is he’s doing a good job with his treatment,' Ryan said. 'But will he be back in time for the first game? I’m not sure yet.'
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26
Don Cosetino of NJ.com has the latest on Milliner's status:
Namely, cornerback Dee Milliner, out since Aug. 10 with a high ankle sprain, could be ready to take the field when the Jets start the season against the Raiders.
Just don't ask Ryan to guarantee that's what's going to happen.
"Obviously, I am hopeful that he will be ready," Ryan said. "But to say that that is a 100 percent guarantee, that’s not true. We’ll see how he does. I know he is doing everything he can, probably more than he wants, trying to get back and be ready to play."
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
Daryl Slater of NJ.com has the latest on Milliner:
“He’s being aggressive with his rehab and he’s progressing nicely,” Ryan said. “What that means, I guess we’ll see. But I know he is really attacking the rehab part of it, and he’s doing well. We feel confident that it’s healing nicely.”
After suffering the injury, Milliner initially wore a walking boot while on the sidelines at practice. At Monday’s practice, Milliner strolled down the sideline without a boot on. He walked with a noticeable limp, though.
Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday passed along comments from Rex Ryan on Dee Milliner's status:
Milliner "is progressing nicely. What that means, I guess we'll see," said Rex. MRI showed it was a high ankle sprain— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) August 18, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News provides a synopsis of Dee Milliner discussing his injury status:
Milliner says he hopes to be ready for Week 1 vs Raiders, but won't rush it. Still swelling in ankle. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2014
Mehta also spoke to head coach Rex Ryan about the injury:
Rex Ryan says Dee Milliner's ankle is too swollen to get an MRI at this point #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2014
Rex also says he doesn't think Milliner's ankle is broken. Admits Week 1 availability in doubt. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 11, 2014
NFL on ESPN previously reported how many weeks the Jets expect Milliner to be sidelined due to his ankle injury:
The Jets expect starting CB Dee Milliner to miss 3-4 weeks recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered Sunday. (ESPN Sources)— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 11, 2014
Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com also reported Milliner's status for practice Monday morning:
Dee Milliner (ankle) in a walking boot on the stationary bike. #nyj— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 11, 2014
The continued development of starting cornerback Dee Milliner in his sophomore season was always going to be a huge storyline for the New York Jets defense this season. So huge, in fact, that the defensive players have already given him the nickname "Franchise."
But Franchise may be finding himself on the bench for the foreseeable future, as he was injured in practice Sunday, potentially a major blow for the Jets. From Dennis Waszak Jr. of The Associated Press:
Milliner's left leg (possibly knee) being checked out in trainer's tent. CB had arms over head. Clearly in a lot of pain. #Jets— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 10, 2014
Milliner, sitting with his face in his right hand, has his left leg in a bucket with ice _ likely to cut down on immediate swelling. #Jets— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 10, 2014
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reveals injury details:
#Jets believe CB Dee Milliner suffered a high-ankle sprain, per source. Out a few weeks. He thought it was broken, but tests show a sprain— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 10, 2014
Newsday's Kimberly Martin provides Jets coach Ryan's comments on the injury:
Dexter McDougle has a knee and Dee Milliner has an ankle injury. Rex said he doesn't kno severity of injuries #jets— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) August 10, 2014
Rex on Dee: "It sounded like he rolled it, which would lead u to believe it's more of an ankle sprain than it would be a fracture." #jets— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) August 10, 2014
Adam Schefter previously revealed Milliner would undergo an MRI:
So both Jets CBs, Dee Milliner (ankle) and Dex McDougle (knee), going for MRIs today when team was thin at position before injuries.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 10, 2014
Rich Cimini of ESPN has more:
Milliner being helped to locker room. Blow to defense if its serious. pic.twitter.com/5CjBI6yOFx— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 10, 2014
As Daryl Slater of The Star-Ledger tweeted, the injury looks serious:
Dee Milliner is helped off by trainers. He is unable to put any pressure on his left ankle. Does not look like a good situation at all.— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) August 10, 2014
Milliner had a rough rookie season—it certainly didn't help that he was unfairly viewed as the de facto replacement for Darrelle Revis after being selected No. 9 overall in last year's draft—but all indications have suggested he's turned the corner this summer. For a player expected to shut down an opponent's top receiver, it was a good sign.
He's certainly been saying all of the right things in training camp.
“I know I’m going to be on the top receivers, the best receivers on the team,” Milliner told Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “If I can stop the best guy, I know they’re going to try to get the ball to him. If I can prevent some big plays from happening we can be a great defense and a great team.”
Now, however, Milliner's health is a major issue. If he's forced to miss time this season, the downside is twofold for the Jets. For one, they'll lose their No. 1 corner. But just as costly will be the halt in Milliner's development, which was coming along nicely.
The Jets could have one of the fiercer defenses this season. But without Milliner in the fold, they won't have quite the same bite.