What is going on with Miller and Smith?

While they don't start, cornerback Justin Miller and safety Eric Smith are important players for the Jets. Both were hurt early in training camp, and it's a mystery whether either play will suit-up against New England.

Miller and Smith suffered severe hamstring pulls early in training camp. In fact, Smith's was so severe he couldn't walk and had to be carted off the field.

Miller and Smith practiced on a limited basis this week. Both are listed as questionable. We did see them participating in a cone drill early in each practice. In this session, the players weave in and out of cones. The fact that they both participated, shows you they have made quite a bit of progress.

But after the cone drill in one practice, Miller spent a great deal of time receiving some extra stretching from a Jets trainer.

The problem with severe hamstring pulls is that if you come back to early, you could re-injure the hammy, and set yourself back to square one.

The Jets have 15 games after their opener against New England, and while this division game is important, they don't want to rush these players back and lose them for an extended period of time.

The guess here is that one or both of these guys will sit out against New England.

If Miller can't go, rookie Darrelle Revis will replace him as the first cornerback to rotate in with starters Andre Dyson and David Barrett. Obviously that is a heck of a replacement.

And Leon Washington and Brad Smith will fill-in for Miller as the team's kick returners.

As for Smith, his replacement would be Rashad Washington. While Washington is faster and more athletic than Smith, he's not as instinctive.

As for the Jets left guard spot, according to several published reports, Adrian Clarke has been getting a lot of starting reps this week, and will likely start over Jacob Bender. This move makes a lot of sense in Week One since Clarke has much more experience at guard.

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