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Dee Milliner injures quad, might miss Monday Night Football against Bears

Jets cornerback Dee Milliner speaks with reporters during

Jets cornerback Dee Milliner speaks with reporters during training camp in Cortland Saturday, July 26, 2014. Credit: Hans Pennink

Another injury to Jets cornerback Dee Milliner puts his playing status for Monday night's game against the Bears at MetLife Stadium in doubt. Milliner took part in position drills during the portion of practice viewed by the media Friday, but coach Rex Ryan said a tight quadriceps muscle prevented Milliner from practicing.

Milliner was sidelined during training camp with a high ankle sprain but saw his first action last week at Green Bay when he came off the bench. The quadriceps is a new injury that Ryan said cropped up after Wednesday's practice.

Asked if he still believes Milliner will be able to play against the Bears, who feature the passing of Jay Cutler to big wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, Ryan said: "I'm hopeful, but the fact he didn't practice today is not a great sign. But I'm hopeful he'll play."

Green Bay overcame a 21-3 first-half deficit to score a 31-24 victory over the Jets, and Milliner struggled at times during the Packers' comeback. Ultimately, Milliner took himself off the field in favor of starting cornerback Antonio Allen.

But Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said Milliner's problems in Green Bay were not injury related.

"I don't think his physical condition was a hindrance," Thurman said Friday. "When a guy's on the football field, he's 100 percent. It's about playing your technique and fundamentals properly and doing what you're coached to do. That's where lack of game-time prep, when you haven't gotten the reps in, can hurt you.

"We're not down on Dee. He's got to come out and do the things being asked of him within the framework of the system, and playing your techniques properly is a big part of playing corner for the New York Jets."

Wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) is the only other Jet who was unable to participate in Friday's practice. He ran on the side and caught short passes from the trainers. Ryan said the lack of practice won't prevent Decker from playing if he physically is able.

"You'd like for your guys to practice, but if a guy can't, I'm not going to say he absolutely can't play," Ryan said. "If a guy doesn't practice and he's low man on the depth chart, then he's not playing. But if he's a really good player, we're not going to back yourself into that corner."

The rest of the Jets' injuries included LB Nick Bellore, limited, hip; DB Josh Bush, full, quad; OL Willie Colon, limited, calf; LB Quinton Coples, full, elbow; LB AJ Edds, limited, hamstring; RB Chris Johnson, limited, ankle; and C Nick Mangold, limited, shoulder.

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