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Jets place cornerback Dee Milliner on short-term injured reserve

New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner works out

New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner works out during a mandatory minicamp at the team's facility, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Florham Park, N.J. Credit: AP / Julio Cortez

The Jets placed cornerback Dee Milliner on short-term injured reserve, re-signed receiver Chris Owusu to the 53-man roster and swapped one safety for another Sunday.

They were awarded former Seahawks strong safety Ronald Martin off waivers and, in a subsequent move, released fan favorite Rontez Miles. Martin, 22, was signed as an undrafted free agent by Seattle and had 11 tackles and two passes defended this preseason. The 6-2, 220-pound LSU product started 13 games during his senior season with the Tigers, recording a career-high 73 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass breakups.

Miles, who made the initial 53-man cut Saturday, had 23 tackles and also scored on a fumble return this preseason.

Owusu was released Saturday during the initial wave of roster cutdowns, but his return fills a void at kick returner. He had five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' preseason win over the Eagles on Thursday night.

Because Milliner was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return, he'll have to miss the first eight weeks of the season. The Jets, however, have a Week 5 bye, so he might miss only seven games.

One thing to note: The short-term IR designation can be applied to only one player per team, meaning the Jets could find themselves in a bind during the regular season if another key player is injured.

Milliner, the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft, had surgery after he injured his wrist during practice Aug. 6. At the time, the Jets announced his recovery would take six to eight weeks.

Now that he's on short-term IR, Milliner can begin practicing after six weeks, but when he does, a 21-day clock will begin during which the Jets will have to decide to activate him or place him on season-ending IR.

This latest surgery marks the seventh procedure for the former Alabama star, who has 68 tackles, 21 passes defensed and three interceptions in 16 career games.

The Jets also signed eight players to their practice squad Sunday: wide receiver Walt Powell, tight end Wes Saxton, fullback Julian Howsare, offensive lineman Wes Johnson, defensive lineman Jordan Williams, cornerback Keon Lyn and linebackers Deion Barnes and Taiwan Jones.

NFL teams can carry a maximum of 10 players on their practice squad, so there's a chance Miles could be brought back if he clears waivers Monday.

Miles, who endeared himself to Jets fans because of his perseverance and passion for the game, had expressed confidence in his future after the final preseason game -- whether it was with the Jets or some other team.

"I've been down this road plenty of times before. I'm at peace right now," he said. "Whatever happens, I just thank the Jets and the coaching staff for even letting me play."

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