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Jets waive CB Leon McFadden

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Confident that Dee Milliner will return Sunday, the New York Jets on Thursday waived cornerback Leon McFadden, who lasted less than two weeks on the roster.

The Jets picked up McFadden on waivers during the final cutdown after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns. At the time, they were desperate for corners. They had released Dimitri Patterson and Milliner (high-ankle sprain) still was up in the air.

But Milliner returned to practice Wednesday, and Rex Ryan said he feels "pretty confident" his former No. 1 pick will play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

The Jets dressed only four corners in the opener -- Antonio Allen, Darrin Walls, Kyle Wilson and recently-signed Phillip Adams. McFadden, a former third-round pick, was inactive.

Interestingly, Ryan made a cryptic, unsolicited remark Thursday at his news conference, mentioning that bottom-of-the-roster players need to step it up. You wonder if he was referring to McFadden.

"One thing I was disappointed in -- and I mentioned it to the [players] -- is sometimes you get guys that are on the practice squad or maybe your situation isn't exactly what you want it to be, and maybe your preparation isn't as good as it should be," Ryan said. "When you put guys in, you expect them to know what they're doing and they blow assignments. So we talked about that a little bit, learning how to be a pro. From the top guy on the team to the bottom, everybody needs to prepare like you're going to start. That was kind of a message I sent today."

The team has yet to announce the corresponding roster move. They have an opening on the 53-man roster.