When the New York Jets selected Dee Milliner in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, they were hoping for more instant impact from the player replacing Darrelle Revis. However, Milliner has struggled and he’s been limited by injuries. The most recent ailment to sideline him has been a hamstring injury, but head coach Rex Ryan told reporters — including Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday — that he’s “absolutely” optimistic that Milliner will be healthy enough to play this weekend against the New England Patriots.
Milliner was limited at practice yesterday, but that was still a step in the right direction. Milliner’s presence is all the more crucial as fellow cornerback Kyle Wilson is dealing with a concussion.
On the season, Milliner has suited up for three games. During that time, the rookie has four combined tackles and no interceptions or passes defensed. New York will be looking for him to showcase the talent that prompted them to select him No. 9 overall when he returns.