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Jets lose Pro Bowl returner Miller for rest of year

NEW YORK -- The New York Jets placed Pro Bowl kick
returner-cornerback Justin Miller on injured reserve Tuesday
because of a knee injury.

The speedy Miller, who led the NFL last season in yards per
kickoff return, injured his right knee during a 22-yard return
early in the second quarter of New York's 20-13 loss at Baltimore
on Sunday. He stayed on the turf for several minutes before being
helped off the field and taken to the locker room.

The nature and severity of the injury was not immediately known.
The Jets were off Tuesday, and coach Eric Mangini is extremely
tightlipped when it comes to injuries. Calls and e-mails to the
office of Miller's agent, Eugene Parker, seeking comment weren't
immediately returned.

It's a disappointing end to the season for Miller, who was
making strides at cornerback in training camp before injuring a
hamstring in the team's scrimmage at Fordham University on Aug. 5.
He didn't play in any preseason games while recovering but played
in the first two regular-season games and had two tackles and two
returns for 48 yards.

Miller struggled with pass coverage in his first two NFL
seasons but was selected for the Pro Bowl last season after
leading the league with 28.3 yards per kickoff return. He had two
returns for touchdowns last season: a team-record 103-yarder
against Indianapolis and a 99-yarder at Cleveland.

The Jets' second-round pick in 2005 out of Clemson, Miller holds
the team record with three kickoff returns for touchdowns and is
already third on the career list for kickoff return yardage with
2,929 yards.

The last several months have been rough for Miller, who was also
arrested May 20 and charged with third-degree assault, a
misdemeanor, after an early morning fight at a New York City
nightclub.

In Miller's absence, the Jets are expected to use
Leon Washington, Brad Smith and Wallace Wright as kick returners. Rookie
Darrelle Revis has stepped in as the team's primary right
cornerback, the spot Miller started at in four games last season.

Also Tuesday, the Jets released offensive lineman Jason Capizzi
from the practice squad.