Jets CB Dee Milliner (Achilles tendon) cleared for practice

ByRich Cimini ESPN logo
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Former New York Jets first-round pick Dee Milliner, who missed most of last season after tearing an Achilles tendon, was cleared Wednesday for practice. The first training-camp practice is Thursday.

Surprisingly, the third-year cornerback won't begin camp on the active/physically unable to perform list. He was limited throughout the offseason, leading many to believe he wouldn't be ready for the rigors of camp.

Chances are, Milliner still will be limited in practice, considering he hasn't participated in a full practice since last October. Milliner, drafted ninth overall in 2013, is battling for a reserve role in a crowded secondary. He's behind Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine on the cornerback depth chart.

Late Wednesday, the Jets placed three players on PUP, including running back Stevan Ridley (knee), formerly of the New England Patriots.

The Jets signed Ridley to a one-year contract knowing he'd need time to return from major knee surgery, which occurred last November while Patriots. Ridley, a former 1,000-yard rusher, could be a big contributor if he can get healthy.

Guard Willie Colon (knee) and defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson (hamstring) also were added to the PUP list.

Colon sat out the spring with knee soreness, so this news comes as no surprise. It will create an opportunity for others at right guard, including Oday Aboushi and Brian Winters.

Colon started 32 games in 2013 and 2014.