“It’s an Achilles injury (for Milliner). Him and Winters (knee) both look like significant injuries,” Ryan said. “I think with Winters, it looks like a knee injury, we’ll see what we get back when they do all the MRIs and everything else but it looks like that’s going to be a significant injury as well. So, both those guys it doesn’t look good.”
Rex Ryan wasn’t ready to officially declare their season over, still waiting on test results and holding out hope (however small) that there’s a chance they could return this season. But he did say “there’s probably a definite chance” that they will be out for the rest of the year.
It’s very similar to the way Ryan is holding out hope (or delusion, your call on that) that, despite the 1-5 record, this team is not dead yet.
“The message is pretty simple, we might be counted out but we’re not dead. We’re going to fight our tails off,” Ryan said. “One thing about it, this group is a hard working group and it’s a resilient bunch and we’re going to put it out there.”
While technically it’s true that their playoff chances aren’t officially “dead” yet reality would tell you the season is at least on life support.
For the Jets to have any chance at the playoffs they can’t lose more than two games and while the schedule starts to get much more manageable after Thursday night’s game in New England it doesn’t seem very likely that the Jets will finish the last 10 games 8-2.
Oday Aboushi will step in for Winters so at least they’ll be able to evaluate him over the final 10 games of the season and we will probably see Dakota Dozier active for games as he would be next in line as a backup guard.
Darrin Walls and Phillip Adams will likely become the starting corners with Milliner out. Antonio Allen will play some corner as well, but Ryan declined to say if they’ll stick him back as a starting corner, “I don’t want to say because he gives us that flexibility to leave the opponent thinking what he can do.”
But last week Ryan said they would like to use Allen everywhere and they did some of that against the Broncos. Allen lined up as a deep safety, an in the box safety and as an outside corner in man-coverage all in the same drive, Ryan would certainly prefer to continue doing the same.
As tough as the five-game losing streak and multiple injuries are to deal with the Jets can’t worry about everything bad that’s already happened, they simply don’t have enough time as they have to travel to play the Patriots on a short week.
They just have to turn the page and it’s on to New England. Ryan said they have no other choice.
“Well you got no choice,” Ryan said. “You look at the tape, if somebody’s having success against you then you got to anticipate it. You know that you’re going to get something like it. It might not be exact, but you’re going to get something like it.
“So, you got to be aware of those things and go through corrections quick and then it’s right on to New England and obviously the personnel is much different, two Hall of Fame quarterbacks, but the personnel is different.”
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Ryan said he expect they will soon go out and sign another cornerback.
Greg Salas also suffered injuries to his wrist and his ankle on the same play. Trevor Reilly also wasn’t able to finish the game with a knee injury. In both cases Ryan said they have to wait on the test results before knowing the severity.