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Cornerback Dee Milliner will be sitting out for today’s game against the Patriots. Milliner could likely miss the remainder of the season if the Jets don’t make the playoffs. Milliner is dealing with a hamstring injury, and was listed as doubtful after missing practice this week. Milliner has one tackle assist on the season, and has had a very limited number of snaps on defense. It’s an interesting situation for Milliner, who went from a number one corner for the Jets to a backup corner buried on the depth chart.
Other inactives include: Bryce Petty, Dion Bailey, Taiwan Jones, Josh Martin, Dakota Dozier, and Ben Ijalana
Both mid to late season signings Taiwan Jones and Josh Martin are inactive. Both linebackers are insurance policies; the Jets are somewhat thin when it comes to linebacker depth after cutting Quinton Coples. It’s unlikely that either of them will see any action next week.
Dion Bailey, Bryce Petty, Dakota Dozier, and Ben Ijalana have been healthy scratches for the majority of the season. They’re all locks to be inactive next week as well to close out the season. Bailey had some good moments earlier in the season when he stepped in at safety due to injuries. Petty could be backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick if things continue the way they’ve been going this season. Dozier and Ijalana will likely be backups at best next season, although there could be some changes to the offensive line in the offseason. Both Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson could be replaced or have their contracts restructured. Their contracts next season will account for around $14.2 million dollars.
This game is huge for the Jets whether they want to admit it or not. A win and a loss by either Pittsburgh, Kansas City, or Denver puts them in control of their own destiny while a loss could see them eliminated if all of the aforementioned teams get a win. New England has some key players out for today’s game including: Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Patrick Chung, and Devin McCourtey. This along with playing at home should give the Jets the advantage. The Jets’ season likely rests on this game, and it will be a huge test for Todd Bowles’ team.