Mickens out for year

The Jets defense took a big hit this week when it was determined that nickel back Ray Mickens will miss the season due to a knee injury.

Mickens hurt his left knee in practice on August 15. At first, the injury was thought to be minor, but it never got better, and a second MRI determined a torn ligament.

Waiting this long to make a decision on Mickens hurt the Jets because they were forced to release a nickel back last week on the final cutdown, Omare Lowe, who was claimed by the Minnesota Vikings.

2004 third round pick Derrick Strait will replace Mickens as the team's nickel back, and fellow rookie Rod Bryant will move into the dime role.

Look for the Jets to add another cornerback to the active roster with current practice squad player Andrew Davison the leading candidate.

If the Jets elect to add a veteran, former Miami Dolphin and New England Patriot Terrell Buckley is a possibility. Another available nickel back is former Dallas Cowboy Derek Ross.


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