FLORHAM PARK: Dee Milliner’s training camp woes continue.
On Saturday, the New York Jets announced via the team’s official twitter account that Milliner suffered a wrist injury in practice on Thursday. The injury will require surgery and sideline Milliner 6-8 weeks.
Milliner, 23, has been plagued by injuries ever since he heard the Jets call his name with the ninth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. During the pre-draft process, Milliner had surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum that sidelined him for a portion of the Jets offseason. Last year, Milliner suffered a high ankle sprain during training camp. When he returned, he re-injured his ankle. When he returned again, Milliner ruptured his achillies tendon.
Milliner sat out most of the Jets offseason workouts (OTAs, Minicamp) this spring while rehabbing from the Achilles surgery. He returned to practice in full capacity juts six days ago.
“I’m ready to put (the injuries) behind me,” Milliner said on Aug. 1 when he returned to practice. “No injuries, and I’m trying to keep it that way. I’m doing my maintenance in the training room so I can say out of the training room. I’m just trying to be comfortable and stay healthy.”
In his first two years, Milliner has appeared in just 16 games, recording 62 tackles, three interceptions and 19 passes defensed.
The 6-8 week time frame puts Milliner in play for a return to the Jets defense within the first four weeks of the regular season, but not by the season’s start Sept. 13. While Milliner’s absence is a blow, it shouldn’t be crippling for New York’s secondary.
In the offseason, the Jets signed cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine. Darrin Walls and Marcus Williams, two players that spent time starting for the Jets last year, return to the defense. Second-year pro Dexter McDougle, who missed his rookie season after tearing his ACL, is also back.