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Jets Q&A: Dee Milliner could be out for season with Achilles injury

Dee Milliner #27 of the Jets is tended

Dee Milliner #27 of the Jets is tended to after suffering an ankle injury early in the game against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

How long will the Jets be without Dee Milliner?

Rex Ryan hinted that his No. 1 cornerback could be done for the season.

Milliner's afternoon ended just minutes into Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Broncos after he suffered an Achilles injury while on special teams. He fell to the ground and grabbed his right foot during a 37-yard field goal by Denver kicker Brandon McManus. Milliner, who was untouched on the play, had to be helped off the field because he couldn't put any weight on his right leg.

The team initially announced in the press box that the second-year cornerback had suffered a right ankle injury, but Ryan later confirmed it was an Achilles. Asked if the injury is long-term, he said: "I guess so."

Milliner already has missed six games because of injury since the Jets drafted him ninth overall in 2013. He suffered a high ankle sprain on Aug. 10 that forced him to miss most of the preseason and the regular-season opener and later suffered a quadriceps injury that kept him out two more games.

Darrin Walls, who was questionable with a knee injury, replaced Milliner.

"It's unfortunate," Walls said of Milliner's latest injury. "I think Dee was playing really good. He was coming around and coming along to be the corner we know he can be . . . We're already short at the corner position. We've got to step up and make plays."

 

Any other key injuries?

A source confirmed a ProFootballTalk report that the Jets believe guard Brian Winters tore his ACL in the third quarter. Ryan couldn't confirm the severity but said: "I know he didn't return. That's usually not a good sign."

Winters was replaced by Oday Aboushi.

Greg Salas appeared to head to the X-ray room immediately after the game. The receiver had a finger on his right hand taped. He needed help removing his jersey in the locker room and was able to remove his cleats only with his left hand.

 

What did the Jets think of Julius Thomas' comment?

After catching his second touchdown pass against Ryan's defense, Broncos tight end Julius Thomas shouted, "It's so easy!" in the end zone. And that didn't sit well with defensive end Leger Douzable.

"I don't know how he could say that -- they won by seven points [actually 14 after a late pick-6]. It's not like they dogged us," said Douzable, who recorded his first sack of the season. "I don't think he had a catch after that, either, so he needs to shut up. I don't think it's easy to score on us at all."

Thomas caught a 22-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give the Broncos a 17-7 lead and easily hauled in a 4-yard TD pass to make it 24-7 in the third quarter.

"I like to have fun out there," said Thomas, who has nine touchdowns, the most of any tight end in NFL history through a team's first five games of a season. "I was just really excited."

 

Has anyone seen the Jets' running game?

Chris Johnson had no answers. Asked what needs to change for the offense to be more successful, the running back said: "I'm not sure."

And when asked why the team had trouble establishing the run against the Broncos, he again answered: "I'm not sure."

Running back Chris Ivory left without speaking to reporters. Johnson and Ivory totaled 16 yards on 11 carries.

The Jets finished with 31 rushing yards, the fewest under Ryan. Geno Smith was their leading rusher with two carries for 11 yards.

"It puts pressure on everybody," Ryan said of the effect of an absent rushing attack on Smith's performance. "It puts a ton of pressure on you if you have to throw the ball every snap. That's anybody. We have to run the football. We're built to run it. We have to stay the course with it. We'll see what happens."

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