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Latest injury update on Rontez Miles

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01: Rontez Miles #45 of the New York Jets tackles Mike Gillislee #35 of the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01: Rontez Miles #45 of the New York Jets tackles Mike Gillislee #35 of the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
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Safety Rontez Miles is out for a few months after needing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Special teams star Rontez Miles will, unfortunately, miss some serious time this offseason due to a torn meniscus in his knee. The New York Jets safety needed surgery to begin a lengthy rehab process that will sideline him for the next three months as confirmed by Rich Cimini of ESPN.

When the Jets recently signed free agent safety J.J. Wilcox, it didn’t make sense at the time until news on Miles broke out. It’s expected that since Miles will miss all of training camp and preseason action, Wilcox will fit the bill in his absence.

Wilcox will likely see a lot of time on special teams due to his tackling abilities and as depth at the safety position. Not only is Wilcox a four-year veteran but he has experience as a starting safety, which makes this a smart signing by the Jets considering what unfortunately happened with Miles.

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Ideally, the Jets will likely keep Miles on the team and hope that after he’s healed up and ready to resume football activities, he can be brought back in at some point during the regular season. Miles made a name for himself as a heavy-hitting tackler on special teams and used in special defensive packages as a starter.

So far in his career with the Jets, Miles has totaled 45 tackles, two forced fumbles, and one interception. Hopefully, he has a good recovery and comes back ready to pick up where he left off from since expectations are high for the defensive secondary.

The Jets are hoping it becomes a strength for the team this upcoming season. Led by starters Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, it’s expected to be among one of the best secondaries in 2018.

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