According to multiple reports, this afternoon at 4pm, the New York Jets will place former first-round pick Dee Milliner on the short-term injured reserve. The move will sideline the cornerback for the first eight weeks of the regular season. Milliner will be permitted to return Week 9.
The news of the Jets plans was first reported by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. The Jets have yet to confirm the move because the team can not officially place Milliner on the short-term IR until after 4pm.
After working his way back from a ruptured achillies tendon, Milliner broke his wrist jamming a receiver during a training camp practice on August 7. While the injury wasn't originally believed to be serious, further tests revealed a break and a 6-8 week recovery timetable was given. With Milliner landing on the injured reserve, he will be sidelined several weeks longer.
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.
"I'm trying to put (the injuries behind me)," Milliner said shortly before injuring his wrist. "No injuries, and I'm trying to keep it that way. I'm doing my maintenance in the training room so I can stay out of the training room. I'm just trying to be comfortable and stay healthy."
With Milliner being place on the short-term injured reserve, a roster spot on the Jets 53-man roster. The Jets will fill that roster spot by re-signing receiver Chris Owusu, who was waived on Saturday. The news of Owusu's return was first reported by the New York Daily News.