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    Notebook: Rex Ryan remains confident in Jets defense

    Dee Milliner is out for a few weeks, Dexter McDougle is done for the year, and the Jets have a huge question mark at cornerback.

    Rex Ryan still isn’t sweating it.

    ‘‘It’s not a panic situation,’’ the coach said Monday. ‘‘It’s an opportunity.’’


    Still, it’s not quite ideal.

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    Milliner, the Jets’ top cornerback, has a sprained left ankle that could sideline him for a few weeks, jeopardizing his availability for the opener.

    ‘‘I never said I had to have the best corner in football,’’ Ryan said. ‘‘That’s not it. My defenses work, period. I don’t care what it is. We take what we have, and then we work around it.’’

    Milliner was injured during practice Sunday, about a half-hour after McDougle tore his left ACL, ending his season. Milliner went down after defending wide receiver Quincy Enunwa on a long pass and writhed in pain on the sideline at SUNY Cortland.

    ‘‘I was in a lot of pain,’’ Milliner said. ‘‘I didn’t know what was happening, what was going on. I just knew my ankle and leg were hurting.’’


    He had an X-ray, and a high ankle sprain hasn’t been ruled out. The team is waiting for the swelling to subside before giving him an MRI, which should clarify how long he will be out. Milliner was at practice Monday wearing a walking boot on his left foot.

    ‘‘You don’t want to get out there and rush things and mess it up even more, or get out there and you’re not 100 percent and give up plays,’’ Milliner said. ‘‘I’m just going to be cautious about it and do what the trainers and doctors say.’’

    Milliner made headlines earlier in camp when he declared that he has the confidence to believe he’s the No. 1 cornerback in the NFL. Some teammates half-jokingly dubbed him ‘‘Franchise,’’ but also recognized how vital his improvement in his second season would be to the success of the defense.

    Ryan, however, downplayed that notion.

    ‘‘He’s just one of 11 guys,’’ Ryan said. ‘‘Dee’s a heck of a football player, there’s no doubt. I believe that. But again, it’s the unit. It’s not the individual.’’


    Ryan acknowledged that a shutdown cornerback such as Darrelle Revis allows a defense to play different schemes, but that it isn’t always necessary for a top-notch unit.

    ‘‘We’re not a one-trick pony thing,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re not a team that tries to stick a square peg into a round hole. We’ll take what we have and we’ll make it work.’’

    Dimitri Patterson, another possible starter, has missed the last few days with injuries to his quadriceps and ankle. That injury, along with those to Milliner, McDougle, and backup Jeremy Reeves (knee), leave the Jets shaky in the secondary.

    Kyle Wilson, Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster, Johnny Patrick, Ras-I Dowling, and Brandon Dixon are the only remaining healthy cornerbacks.

    Lynch investigated

    Police in Bellevue, Wash., are investigating whether Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was involved in an assault and damage of personal property. The Bellevue Police Department released a statement Monday morning saying that the alleged incident took place around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and that Lynch is alleged to have been involved. Bellevue police stated that they have not been able to verify whether Lynch was involved, but are investigating. The incident was reported by the female victim about 12 hours after it took place at a downtown apartment. Police say there was no domestic violence or sexual assault involved in the allegation . . . Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy . . . The Dolphins signed quarterback Brady Quinn, who was with three teams last season . . . Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson returned to full practice after missing several days with a sore left ankle. Jackson hurt his ankle during a joint practice with the Patriots last week and missed the preseason opener on Thursday. Jackson expects to play in Monday’s game against the Browns . . . Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Marvin Jones would miss “a few weeks” after the receiver had a surgical pin placed in his left foot. It is unclear when Jones was injured.