Rookie Dexter McDougle tears ACL in Sunday practice

First-year cornerback Dexter McDougle has torn his left ACL in his knee during practice on Sunday and is likely out for the year.

McDougle hurt the knee during a drill in practice and walked off under his own power and did not return. The Jets confirmed Sunday that McDougle has a torn ACL.

McDougle, a rookie out of Maryland, was the the Jets’ surprise third round pick in this year’s draft class and was having a strong training camp.  Leading up to this injury, McDougle was listed behind Dimitri Patterson as the team’s CB2.

McDougle posted a message on Twitter:

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

While it sounds as if the Milliner injury might not be as serious as previously throught, the loss of a player like McDougle is still a blow to the Jets.  McDougle was very much in play for the team’s depth at corner and barring injury, the rookie might have played himself in as a starter before the season was out.

This is now McDougle’s second season cut short by injury.  Last year McDougle was injured in September and was unable to play the rest of his senior season.  At this point, all bets are off on a return to the field this year.  Expect that McDougle will see the injured reserve as soon as it is possible for the Jets to do so in a protected fashion.

While it is a huge blow, it is also a huge opportunity for players like Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster and Ras-I Dowling.  Another roster spot has effectively opened up and the team is going to start auditioning potential replacements for Dimitri Patterson should the need arise.




144 comments
bharper42
bharper42

No don't sign verner he doesn't fit the system.  No don't sign dcro, no don't go after anyone else.  no no no.


Perhaps ryan should fit the system to the players instead of pigeon holing the GM into finding guys that fit only his system!


I know mcd wasn't the starter but he looked good thursday night imo.  The problem arises when/if the hall of famer millner gets hurt trying to make a routine tackle, adjustment or play on a ball.


meh


go jets

For the first time ever, I am defending Rex over the GM. If anyone deserves to go if we have a bad season, it's Idzik for not going after a big name corner in the offseason. 

Pat d
Pat d

McDougle was the Jets 3rd round pick. If a 3rd round pick is as devasting as some suggest then the Jets are in trouble. I don't buy it.

First of all the passing game is stopped with pressure from up front. The key to the Jets D is the front 7. If you don't get pressure you won't stop the pass anyways.

It does look like the Jets should have done something in FA.

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

Maybe it's time to call the 'boys about Claiborne

Vinny Cammarato
Vinny Cammarato

Big mistake not signing a CB this year. Talk about a weak link in the chain . 

harold
harold

We may see Tevrin Brandon in camp the Jets worked him out just one week ago.

Denzil Ludford
Denzil Ludford

As Florida Evans said when she found out her husband James Evans died in my favorite show Good Times. (DAM! DAM! DAM! DAM!)

This is not a Good Time! Next man up maybe our 7th rounder Dixon can step in.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

if mcdougle would of re-injured his surgically repaired shoulder then this pick was a gamble that didnt pay but he tore his acl no one could of predicted that 

green24
green24

I'm guessing his roster spot goes to Jeremy Reeves.  

levi
levi

Im gonna drink a beer for every acl injury and hamstring pull the Jets have had so far this season. That ought to make me feel better about the situation.

williamg1
williamg1

The rest of our DBs need to wear red jerseys, just in case. Maybe astronaut suits. 

Pat d
Pat d

Of course there are many players that a season ending injury would be more devasting. That is not the point. The point is that when the Jets made this pick on an injuried player that didn't play his senior year there were other players that were still there for the picking that most had rated higher. There were some WRs available that are most likely going to be much better players than what the Jets settled for.

The pick of McDougle was a gamble that isn't going to pay off at least for another year. I can't say at this point if the McDougle pick was not a good one but a season ending injury two years in a row is not a good sign.

marcus81
marcus81

ok so the way things are going, passing teams will feast on the Jets CB's, if we only had a good pass rush, all those 1st rounders invested on defense and Jets are still looking for consistent pass rush

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

High ankle sprains are the more serious type. Not only do they linger, but it takes a lot more time to recover than a low ankle sprain. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Walls finished practice today at corner.

We need Everson Walls in his prime, or maybe even now.

williamg1
williamg1

@Kyle Ely Do they have a need for a 6'5'' receiver who plays like he's 5'6''? Maybe we can swing a trade. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Vinny Cammarato


you are 100% correct - MISTAKE...



you'd better duck now Vince......There are some on this blog who refuse to ever admit mistakes

harold
harold

@Vinny Cammarato 


What if they were the one who got hurt?


Would it be we should have signed 2 CB's.


I understand your point, but it is football guys get hurt.

Pat d
Pat d

You make a good point about it being different injuries. But it does not change the fact that McDougle was a gamble.

harold
harold

@green24 


I think Ras I Dowling if he can stay healthy and out of the tub.


Or if they go outside of the organization maybe Asante Samuel.

boomer
boomer

@Pat d So we should assume that because a player hurts his shoulder in college he will tear his ACL? Are these related ligaments and muscles that I was unaware of before today?


Football players get hurt. Even guys like Revis.


Next up.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@marcus81 Whose to say the Jets won't have an improved pass rush?  Mo's gone from 3, to 5, to 10.5 sacks.  If he follows that trajectory, he should improve to the teens and we all agree he hasn't plateaued as a player, yet.  Sheldon had 3.5 in his rookie season, and he was better than Mo overall as a rookie.  I could see him in the 7-10 range.  Add all the rest of the front 7 and situational pass rushers, including Babin, who has averaged 7 sacks on a terrible Jags D and had as many as 18 in a season and the Jets could easily have 50 sacks this season, representing a 9 sack improvement over 2013 (Jets at 13th place were just 2 sacks away from being in the top 10).  50 sacks would put the Jets in the top 5.  Very doable with this team's front 7.  IMO, the key is the offense getting leads.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@marcus81

And while we have $21 million, the NFL is set up that it's "controlled money" at this time.  We can't just go on a shopping spree.  Cut CBs are as up-to-date as an early  cell phone.

williamg1
williamg1

@UncleJoesJetFarm Joey's here to tell us that his injury is worse than a leg amputation. Why? Because he can't help himself. 

bharper42
bharper42

@williamg1 @Kyle Ely Even if they did have that particular want or proclivity i still don't think they make that deal.  No one likes hill

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@bradysucks @Vinny Cammarato You guys make it like they broke camp with 3 CBs. They had just as many CBs on the team whether they signed them as FAs or drafted them. One of the drafted ones got hurt. Could just as easily been one of the (more expensive) signed ones.

Pat d
Pat d

I never said the injuries were the same or related. The fact is most players do not have season ending injuries. Picking McDougle was a gamble. I never said it was a bad gamble. I said it is too early to tell. The fact that he has had two season ending injuries in a row does not look good. Don't imply that I said it was the same injury or related. Fact is some players are just injury prone.

What I did say is that I didn't like the pick at the time. But what I really didn't 't like was how the Jets sat there and didn't move up after our 3rd pick. There were WRs still on the board that will most likely be better players than what the Jets settled for.

Pat d
Pat d

I didn't say that the Jets had rated higher.

When the Jets made this pick it was a gamble. There was alot of discussion about it.

Bent knows what player I thought should have been taken. I was not the only one that was unhappy with this pick at the time.

lindro88
lindro88

Rex always puts a good enough defense on the field. It's all about the QB.

marcus81
marcus81

@SackDance99 @marcus81  Jets pass rush should improve this year, but getting sacks in big spots is what counts, not accumulating sacks, there where games last year were it seemed like teams could take their time finding open receivers

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@williamg1 @UncleJoesJetFarm Just the facts my man, many players with high ankle sprains have been out at least 2 months, some longer and had the injury coming back, on and off. it is a lot more severe than a low ankle injury. Check it out!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@williamg1 @UncleJoesJetFarm "

When Can Athletes Return to Sports Following a High Ankle Sprain?Despite the fact that most athletes who experience a low ankle sprain can return to sports within one to three weeks following the injury, those players who sustain a high ankle sprain are often out of sports for four to six weeks depending upon the injury severity."

lindro88
lindro88

The guy was playing well. Injuries are part of the deal. I don't think it's fair to knock the pick because the kid got hurt. Anyone can get hurt at any time.

marcus81
marcus81

@Pat d  you don't mean Dennard? but then Jets wouldn't have Pryor to be an enforcer in the middle of the field, ah well can't have everything 

harold
harold

@marcus81 @SackDance99 


Don't really recall those QB's who got time to stand around in the pocket.  I recall CB's who missed jams and were burned in less the 3 seconds.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@Disgruntled Jets Fan


We can't have choices as we did in free agency.  We have unspent monies, but not the pick of the CB litter.

Why don't you relax with your  profane acronyms?    

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@UncleJoesJetFarm So you are seriously suggesting that the 'fact' you pulled off the internet will dictate when Milliner will be ready to play more so than when he actually does come back? Let's see how this distinct individual heals and can tolerate pain before googling average injury return time.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@UncleJoesJetFarm @williamg1 The high ankle sprain, however, usually isn't as painful initially.  So, because Milliner couldn't walk off the field, it might be the more painful initially, but less severe low ankle sprain.

williamg1
williamg1

@UncleJoesJetFarm @williamg1 I know, Joey. I'm just pointing out that you never seem to point out the bright side, but seem to take enjoyment in pummeling people with negativity. 


For example: during the game, you were saying that Ivory had broken ribs. Why?

Pat d
Pat d

I was very happy with the Jets first two picks. The third pick was a gamble that may have been worth taking but not what I wanted. After the third pick the Jets should have moved up instead of just sitting there like a turd.

bharper42
bharper42

@Pat d agreed.  Wasn't montcrief available when the jets took mcd?  i'll go back to look but i was flabbergasted when they reached for him.  there were some quality players still available.


idzik has to stop settling for less imo.