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Dee Milliner Unlikely to Play for Jets on Sunday Vs. Oakland Raiders; Ankle Slowly Progressing

September 4th, 2014 at 7:49 AM
By Douglas Rush

With Antonio Allen set to start at one side at cornerback for the New York Jets on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, it doesn't appear that they will have Dee Milliner ready for the game.

Milliner has been out since August 10 with a high ankle sprain; an injury that had a 3-4 week recovery time, and while his ankle is slowly starting to make progress, head coach Rex Ryan didn't want to commit to Milliner playing on Sunday against the Raiders.

“I never want to rule a guy out, but let’s hope he practices soon,” Ryan said. “He’s been away for a little while. I’d like to see him practice, obviously. But I’m not going to say he for sure will not play until we get further along (in the week). I know he’s pushing hard, but the fact that he’s not even limited is a little bit of a concern.”

Even if Milliner practiced this late in the week, it's not common for a player to simply play after a month away from the team, especially coming off an injury like a high ankle sprain and play a demanding position like cornerback. Despite the unlikelihood that Milliner will play on Sunday, he did say on Wednesday that his ankle is getting better and said he's feeling good.

“It’s doing good,” Milliner said of his ankle. “I’ve been running, moving around some more. I’m just doing what the trainers tell me to do. I’ve been moving around pretty good. I’ve still got a little bit (of pain) there, but not like it was,” he said. “I can be able to move around without pain.”

As mentioned before, Allen will start on one side and with Milliner unlikely to play, Darrin Walls will probably get the starting nod on the other side; Dimitri Patterson could have been penciled in to be the starter if not for him going AWOL on the team during the preseason and being released this past month.

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