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:
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.