Miller Returns; Washington Heads to IR

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Miller lays out RB Ahman Green

The New York Jets have re-signed free agent cornerback and kick returner Justin Miller and placed RB/KR Leon Washington on injured reserve. The announcements were made by general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Miller, a 5'10", 195-pounder who attended Clemson, was originally drafted by the Jets in the second round (No. 57 overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.  He was most recently released by Oakland on Oct. 7 after re-signing with the Raiders on Sept. 30. 

After he was waived by the Jets, Miller was claimed off waivers by Oakland on Nov. 11, 2008.  In 98 career games, Miller has returned 147 kickoffs for 3,851 yards (26.2 avg.), including five kickoff returns for touchdowns, and has 98 total tackles.

In 2006, Miller earned a Pro Bowl appearance as the AFC's kick returner after averaging 30.1 yards a kickoff return for the Jets with two touchdowns.  On Oct. 1, 2006, in a game against the Indianapolis Colts, Miller scored the longest touchdown in Jets history on a 103-yard kickoff return.

A 2006 fourth-round draft pick out of Florida State, Washington was in his fourth NFL season. He suffered a broken right leg in the Jets' 38-0 shutout of the Raiders on Sunday.

Washington was the Jets' second-leading rusher with 331 yards on 72 carries. He also accumulated 15 receptions for 131 yards and averaged 24.1 yards on 16 kickoff returns this season. Washington was named to his first Pro Bowl as a kickoff returner in 2008, setting a new Jets single-season record with 2,332 combined yards.

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