Dee Milliner, expected to be the New York Jets' No. 1 cornerback, was helped from the field after injuring his left ankle at practice Sunday, a half-hour after rookie Dexter McDougle was carted off after tearing a ligament in his left knee.

Veteran Dimitri Patterson, projected as a possible starter opposite Milliner, missed practice for the second straight day with ankle and calf injuries — making the Jets' secondary extremely thin. Their next preseason game is at Cincinnati next Saturday.

Milliner went down after defending wide receiver Quincy Enunwa on a long pass and writhed in pain on the sideline at SUNY Cortland on Sunday. McDougle was hurt during a 1-on-1 drill with wide receiver Stephen Hill, who jumped over the cornerback to catch a pass.


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