FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets are hoping Eric Decker’s hamstring doesn’t keep him sidelined against the Chicago Bears.
Decker sat out practice Wednesday, leaving his status uncertain for the game Monday night at MetLife Stadium. Decker tweaked his right hamstring during the third quarter of the Jets’ 31-24 loss at Green Bay, aggravating an injury he dealt with during training camp.
”I would love to play, so I’m just making sure that we take the right steps,” Decker said. ”Don’t do too much, but do enough to feel it out and make a decision once that day rolls around.”
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Decker said he didn’t need to go for an MRI exam and there is no tear in the hamstring.
”I just have to do a better job of listening to my body,” he said. ”With hamstrings, I have to make sure my glutes are good, my quads are good, everything around the hamstring muscle is good to go. That’s on me as far as listening to my body and doing the correct things.”
Decker, who signed with the Jets in the offseason, leads the team with nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.
Top cornerback Dee Milliner’s status also is in question after he made his season debut against the Packers. He dealt with a high ankle sprain for most of training camp and sat out the season opener against Oakland.
The left ankle stiffened up on him late in the game Sunday, and he removed himself after Jordy Nelson’s 80-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter.
”I’ve been doing good,” Milliner said. ”I’m still doing my rehab, progressing day in and day out.”
The Jets need a healthy Milliner against the Bears, in particular, since they have two of the top receiving duos in the league in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
”We’ll see how they progress,” coach Rex Ryan said. ”We’re confident that they’ll be ready. We know that they’re going to work to get out there. I’m confident. I should say, I guess, I’m hopeful that they’ll play.”
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