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Dee Milliner Injury: Updates on Jets CB's Ankle and Return
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Updates from Saturday, Sept. 20

Brian Costello of the New York Post has an update on Milliner's status for Sunday:

Updates from Friday, Sept. 19

Brian Costello of the New York Post and Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday have the latest on Milliner:

Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday has an update on Milliner from Friday's practice: 

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 18

Rex Ryan spoke about Dee Milliner's status following practice on Thursday (via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News and Darryl Slater of The Star Ledger):

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:

 

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:

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:

 

Updates from Friday, Sept. 12

Kimberly Martin and Greg Logan of Newsday provide an update Dee Milliner's status:

 

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):

Earlier, Cimini of ESPN reported on Milliner from Jets practice:

New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner apparently cleared the first hurdle in his attempt to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers

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:

 

Updates from Monday, Sept. 8

Rex Ryan commented on Dee Milliner's status for Week 2 (via Rich Cimini of ESPN):

 

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:

 

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4

Kristian Dyer of Metro New York provides an update on Dee Milliner's injury:

Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger later provided more on Milliner's status for Sunday:

 

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News passed along Rex Ryan's comments on Milliner on Wednesday:

Updates from Monday, Sept. 1

Brian Costello of the New York Post updated Dee Milliner's status prior to New York's opening game:

 

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:

 

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:

Updates from Monday, Aug. 11

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News provides a synopsis of Dee Milliner discussing his injury status:

Mehta also spoke to head coach Rex Ryan about the injury:

NFL on ESPN previously reported how many weeks the Jets expect Milliner to be sidelined due to his ankle injury:

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com also reported Milliner's status for practice Monday morning:

 

Original Text

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:

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reveals injury details:

Newsday's Kimberly Martin provides Jets coach Ryan's comments on the injury:

Adam Schefter previously revealed Milliner would undergo an MRI:

Rich Cimini of ESPN has more:

As Daryl Slater of The Star-Ledger tweeted, the injury looks serious:

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.”

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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.

 

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