Jets KR-CB Miller placed on IR

Sep 18, 2007 - 10:35 PM HEMPSTEAD, New York (Ticker) -- New York Jets kick returner Justin Miller will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

The Jets did not disclose Miller's injury, but the Newark Star-Ledger reported on its web site that he has an injured right knee.

Citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the situation, the Star-Ledger reported that Miller has "serious" ligament damage in his right knee.

"It's as serious as it can get," the person told the newspaper.

A Pro Bowl kick returner last season, Miller suffered the injury while returning a kickoff in the second quarter of last Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The 5-10 speedster was taken to the locker room and did not return to the game.

Miller, 23, enjoyed a breakthrough 2006 campaign, averaging 28.3 yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns on 46 kickoff returns. He also recorded 52 tackles in 16 games.

A 2005 second-round draft selection, Miller has two tackles this season and has returned a pair of kickoffs for a total of 48 yards. The 196-pounder has 96 tackles and owns a career kickoff return average of 27.1 yards in 34 games - all with the Jets.

New York (0-2), which hosts the Miami Dolphins (0-2) this weekend, likely will use either Leon Washington or Brad Smith to replace Miller.

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