Oft-injured Jets CB Dee Milliner to miss 6-8 weeks with wrist injury

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Former first-round pick Dee Milliner, plagued by injuries in his first two seasons, will miss six to eight weeks after injuring a tendon in his wrist, the New York Jets announced Friday.

Milliner, hurt in Thursday's practice, had surgery Friday.

The Jets' secondary is taking a beating. Also Thursday, backup safety Antonio Allen tore an Achilles tendon and will be lost for the season.

For Milliner, the ninth overall pick in 2013, this is the latest in a series of injuries. He has missed 16 of 32 games, including 13 last season with an Achilles tendon tear. Before that, he sat out the preseason because of a high ankle sprain.

There were medical questions about Milliner when he came out of Alabama, where he had five surgeries. In fact, the Jets drafted him while he was recovering from shoulder surgery.

"It's more frustrating for him," coach Todd Bowles said. "He was doing some good things. He got back healthy. To have another setback like this, with the injury he already [had], you've got to be deflated a little bit. But I think he'll be back sooner than later on this, so he should be able to get in some time this year."

Milliner got hurt while attempting to jam a wide receiver, and he stayed in practice because he thought it was only a sprain. Afterward, tests revealed a dislocation, Bowles said. If Milliner is sidelined only six weeks, he'll miss the first two regular-season games.

Milliner got off to a slow start as a rookie and was benched a handful of times, but he finished the season on an upbeat note, fueling hope he could emerge as a No. 1 corner.

But he came to camp last week as a backup, playing behind Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine -- all of whom signed free-agent contracts in the offseason.

Surprisingly, Milliner, who sat out the entire spring, was cleared to practice for the start of camp. After sitting a few days, he got into team drills and seemed to be performing reasonably well.

"I'm back -- finally," he said at the time.

Now he's dealing with another major injury, the story of his young career.

"His career hasn't been long, so you have to give the kid a chance," Bowles said. "He's had some hard breaks. Hopefully, he can turn the corner and get this one behind him. He's got a lot of mental toughness."

The Jets have been hit hard by injuries in camp. Aside from Milliner and Allen, they lost rookie wide receiver Devin Smith (broken ribs/punctured lung) for at least a month and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (hamstring), who is day-to-day.