FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets thought they'd found their long-term solution to an ongoing problem when undrafted rookie free agent Jalin Marshall won the kickoff and punt return jobs during training camp.
Alas, the revolving door spun again Wednesday, when head coach Todd Bowles announced Marshall will be out at least a few weeks due to a torn labrum in his shoulder.
Marshall flashed game-breaking speed -- his 65-yard kickoff return against the Cincinnati Bengals in the season opener remains the longest of the season in the NFL -- but also displayed ball control issues during the first three weeks. His fumble of a kickoff return in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday was returned for a touchdown that put the Jets in a 17-0 hole.
Bowles said the Jets were conducting tryouts during practice and that wide receiver Brandon Marshall, cornerback Marcus Williams and running back Troymaine Pope were among the contenders. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa also had a 54-yard return in place of Jalin Marshall in the fourth quarter on Sunday.
The return game has been an afterthought for the Jets in recent years. The underwhelming Jeremy Kerley handled punt returns prior to his release last spring while kickoff duties were handed to midseason signees such as Josh Cribbs and Percy Harvin as well as atypical candidates such as one-time starting cornerback Antonio Cromartie and third-string running back Zac Stacy. The last legitimate threat the Jets had as a returner was Joe McKnight, who had a 107-yard return for a touchdown in 2011 and a 100-yard return for a score in 2010.
--Dee Milliner's star-crossed career with the Jets officially ended Wednesday, when the cornerback was released from the team's injured reserve.
The transaction came 25 days after the Jets gave up on Milliner -- whom ex-general manager John Idzik selected with his first first-round pick in 201 -- by playing him on waivers with the injured designation. It was a sadly appropriate fate for Milliner, who suffered a hamstring injury near the end of training camp and played in just 21 out of a possible 48 games in three seasons due to wrist, quad, ankle, hamstring and Achillies injuries. He has undergone seven known surgeries dating back to his collegiate career at Alabama.
The Jets cut ties with Milliner even though his $2.1 million salary for this season was fully guaranteed. Milliner's exit means there are just six players remaining from the 19 drafted by Idzik over his over two seasons with the Jets: 2013 picks Sheldon Richardson, Geno Smith and Brian Winters and 2014 selections Calvin Pryor, Dakota Dozier and Quincy Enunwa.
--TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins joined the Jets Wednesday, two days after the club claimed him off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Head coach Todd Bowles said Seferian-Jenkins did not practice Wednesday and would not be active for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks if he isn't up to speed on the game plan. Seferian-Jenkins was waived by the Buccaneers last Friday, hours after he was arrested for DUI. He has 45 catches for 603 yards and seven touchdowns but has played in just 18 out of a possible 34 games since being selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the 2014 draft.
--RB Matt Forte (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday. Head coach Todd Bowles said it was a maintenance day for the 30-year-old Forte, who is tied for third in the NFL with 76 touches through three games. Bowles added Forte will likely be limited on Wednesdays the rest of the season.
--CB Darrelle Revis (right ankle) was injured in practice Wednesday. Head coach Todd Bowles said it was not a serious injury, though Revis was seen walking with the ankle tapped while reporters had access to the locker room later Wednesday. Revis has beaten for long touchdowns by Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green and Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin during the Jets' first two games before being briefly sidelined by an eye injury against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.