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New York Jets’ Rex Ryan Hopeful Dee Milliner Can Return for Week 1 Vs. Oakland Raiders

August 26th, 2014 at 11:34 AM
By Doug Rush

The New York Jets are extremely thin at the cornerback position as it is, which didn't make Dimitri Patterson's situation any better, especially since he's now serving an indefinite suspension.

So if the Jets can get starting cornerback Dee Milliner back before the start of the regular season, it would be a tremendous boost to a secondary that is paper thin due to all of the injuries suffered over the last month. Milliner has been out for over two weeks due to suffering a high ankle sprain back on August 10 and would miss 3-4 weeks recovering from the injury.

During Monday's practice, Jets head coach Rex Ryan was asked if he thought Milliner would be ready to go for Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders on September 7 and Ryan said he was hopeful for his return, but wouldn't commit to a definite yes.

"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."

The Jets had shifted safety Antonio Allen to cornerback, but he also suffered a concussion as well, just adding another injury to a severely depleted unit that is running on backups playing as starters.

It wouldn't come as a surprise to see the Jets look at the idea of adding a cornerback if one gets released when teams are doing roster cuts over the next week; one idea that was floated around was former New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, who was just cut by the Seattle Seahawks.

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