On August 10th, Dee Milliner suffered a high-ankle sprain in practice. After a rough rookie season, this injury came as bad news to the Jets. Drafted ninth overall in last year’s draft, the expectations for Milliner were over-exaggerated as he was immediately viewed as the replacement for Darrelle Revis. At the time, Milliner was excited for the challenge, “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.”
As Milliner was being helped off the field by trainers, he was unable to put any pressure on his left ankle. A situation that nobody wanted to see happen to any player, let alone one of their starting CB’s.
The following Monday morning, Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reported that Milliner was on a stationary bike in a walking boot. NFL on ESPN then reported that the Jets expected Milliner to miss 3-4 weeks recovering from a high ankle sprain. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that Rex Ryan said he didn’t think Milliner’s ankle was broken, but at the time it was too swollen to have an MRI done. Milliner then stated that he hoped to be ready for Week 1 against the Raiders but that he wouldn’t rush it as his ankle still had swelling.
Fast forward a week and Rex Ryan elaborates a little bit on the injury and rehab status: “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.”
On August 26th, Ryan said he wouldn’t guarantee that Milliner would be ready for week 1 of the regular season; “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.”
Finally, on August 29th, Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger reported: “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.”
We hope he gets back to action soon, this defense is going to need Milliner’s presence on the field, especially with the suspension of fellow CB Dimitri Patterson due to an unexcused absence last week.