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Rookie CB Dee Milliner (sore calf) sits out practice

After the reception, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Ace

After the reception, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Ace Sanders can't evade Jets cornerback Dee Milliner in the first half. (Aug. 17, 2013) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner spent most of Tuesday's practice in the rehab area, riding the bike and working one-on-one with a trainer. Rex Ryan said the rookie still is dealing with a sore calf that “hasn’t been getting a whole lot better.

“So when the trainers came to me and said, ‘Let’s just give him some time here,’ then obviously that’s what we’ll do,” Ryan added. “We’ll listen to them. They’re the experts. Hopefully it won’t be long and hopefully he’ll be back after.”

Milliner – who sat out minicamp because of offseason shoulder surgery and missed the first five days of training camp due to a contract impasse – is coming off a rough performance Saturday against Jacksonville. The Jaguars repeatedly picked on the rookie and exposed him in man coverage – but that, said veteran Antonio Cromartie, is to be expected for a young player.

And it's up to rookies to "accept the challenge," the Jets top cornerback said.

“It’s a given, to be honest with you,” Cromartie said with a laugh, referring to opponents singling out rookies. “You want to expect that and you want to step up to the challenge, so that you are the guy on the outside that everyone is expecting you to be. That’s just something that as a rookie corner that you’re going to have to fight your entire rookie year. 

"For us, having a guy of Dee Milliner’s caliber, it’s great for us. For him, it was a learning experience. For us, we can now set the standards for him where were know where he needs to be. He came out yesterday in practice and showed a tremendous drive of trying to make sure he finishes on everything and he does the things he needs to try and do.”  

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