While the Jets await the test results on the ankle injury to starting CB Dee Milliner, the team now finds itself already without a key contributor in rookie Dexter McDougle.
The Jets announced on their Twitter page that rookie CB Dexter McDougle suffered a torn ACL during practice today. The ACL tear effectively ends McDougle’s rookie season, as he will almost certainly require surgery and have to be placed on injured reserve.
McDougle played with the 2nd team defense in the Jets’ Thursday night preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. He recorded 1 assisted tackle along with 1 pass defended and covered relatively well according to most pundits.
Although he was seen as a bit of a reach in the 3rd round, he was reportedly doing very well in training camp prior to his injury.
McDougle was drafted out of Maryland in the 3rd round (80th overall) by the Jets in the 2014 NFL draft. While he missed most of his last year at Maryland due to injuries, McDougle was great in coverage and Jets HC Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik were impressed with his 40-time (4.47) at his Pro Day.
On the same day that McDougle was injured, starting CBs Dee Milliner and Dimitri Patterson also suffered injuries. Patterson was fine at the end of the day but the team is currently waiting on the results for Milliner.