Rex Ryan: Too early to tell if Dee Milliner can play in opener

AP

The Jets aren’t going to cut cornerback Dee Milliner, but they aren’t sure whether they’ll have him in the lineup for the regular season opener either.

Coach Rex Ryan said Friday, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, that “it’s still too early to tell” if Milliner will be recovered enough from his high ankle sprain to take the field with his teammates against the Raiders next Sunday. Milliner was injured on August 10, which means he’ll have a little less than a month to recover before the regular season kicks off.

Milliner’s injury is just one of the problems the Jets are dealing with at cornerback right now. There’s also the matter of Dimitri Patterson’s suspension for failing to show up for the team’s preseason game against the Giants. In a statement given to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Patterson said the Jets were being dishonest about saying they didn’t know where he was when he was absent and Ryan said Friday that he has not spoken to Patterson since his comments on Thursday.

Should they decide to part ways with Patterson and not have Milliner in the lineup, the Jets could be starting Darrin Walls and converted safety Antonio Allen, who is recovering from a concussion, at cornerback in Week One.

9 responses to “Rex Ryan: Too early to tell if Dee Milliner can play in opener

  1. All these injuries will hopefully help Wrecks keep his job even if he again fails to keep his guarantee that the team will win the Super Bowl.

    Heck – I’m hopeful Woody gives him a long-term contract extension, just for the comedic value he brings (no one told him YouTube was public; let me get a tattoo of my wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey, etc. etc.)

    Heck – forget the Super Bowl. I’d just be really impressed if the Jets break their long standing tie with the Houston Oilers for Eastern Division titles!

  2. Let him sit, no reason to risk aggravating the injury and bringing down his level of play for the entire season. We’re gonna need the kid at 110%. Especially considering that after the Raiders game, they’ll be playing, in order, the Packers, the Bears, the Lions, the Chargers, the Broncos and then the Patriots. If the Jets secondary plays at it’s preseason level, it’s gonna be a loooooooong season. While I approve of everything else he’s done, Idzik really screwed up the CB situation.

  3. Rex has already said he doesn’t need great players because he’s such a great coach. Guess he’s just waiting to break out this awesome defense for the regular season because the backup players obviously suck. I don’t usually put much stock in the preseason, but c’mon man….don’t talk about how great the team is and then lose four games by 30 points.

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