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Dee Milliner, Dex McDougle Down with Injuries

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Team Reports McDougle Has Torn ACL; Severity of Milliner Ankle Not Known Yet

Updated, 2:45 p.m. ET

Today was a painful day for the Jets' cornerback position.

Early in practice at SUNY Cortland, rookie Dexter McDougle tumbled to the grass with WR Stephen Hill during 1-on-1 drills and came up with a left knee injury. He eventually walked off the field with a limp to the applause of the fans in the stands.

After head coach Rex Ryan's news conference today, the team reported that the Maryland rookie had suffered a torn ACL.

Then later in 7-on-7s, Dee Milliner was covering rookie WR Quincy Enunwa. Enunwa put on a double move, then leaped down the left sideline, juggled Geno Smith's long ball and came down with an amazing catch.

Milliner came down as well, but empty-handed and in pain. His left ankle was the problem. After a while, he was helped up and off the field by Jets trainers without putting pressure on the ankle. Again the fans applauded. But suddenly the position appears snakebit.

"The severity of the injuries, we don't know yet," Ryan said before receiving word on McDougle's injury. "We'll be getting both of them looked at." Ryan added that he believed both were going for MRI exams today and "we'll have a better understanding of what we're dealing with tomorrow."

Enunwa wasn't sure what happened on his battle for the ball with Milliner.

"As a receiver, you try not to pay attention to the DB," the sixth-round rookie out of Nebraska said. "Obviously, he is my teammate and I don’t know if he came out badly injured or anything. I was focusing on the ball, made the play and got up and I saw that he was down. I don’t know how it happened, though."

"First and foremost, I hope all is well physically and it's nothing serious," said Dimitri Patterson, fighting through quadriceps and ankle issues of his own that limited him in the Thursday preseason opener and kept him on the sidelines today, along with first-year man Jeremy Reeves (knee). "But this is part of training camp. That's just the truth. Injuries are a part of camp.

"You're working three times as hard as you would work in a regular-season practice. Your body's under tremendous stress every single day. So injury is a natural thing. It's tough to say, but that's just the way I look at the situation."

At least fourth-year man Johnny Patrick returned to practice today. He joined the corners who are still relatively healthy: Kyle Wilson, Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster, Ras-I Dowling and rookie Brandon Dixon.

It's a tough position to be battered and bruised at, with the Bengals next up on the preseason schedule. Fans will remember how QB Andy Dalton distributed passes to Marvin Jones and A.J. Green past then-rookie Milliner and then-Jet Antonio Cromartie that day last October.

But as Rex reminded, "You're concerned with everybody's injuries, but that's part of the business. ... I've been talking about our depth and now we'll get to see it. ... We'll be able to play defense. We have a lot of good football players. We'll be fine."

And as Patterson counseled, "It's a long season, and I know it's a marathon, not a sprint."

We'll have to see how soon the newest injured corners will be able to sprint. Further updates from Ryan and our doctors and trainers will come Monday.


 

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