Jets wide receiver Eric Decker’s status for Monday night’s game against the Bears is in doubt after he missed practice again Wednesday.
Decker left Sunday’s loss to the Packers in the third quarter with a reoccurrence of a hamstring injury he suffered in training camp. Decker, the team’s prized free agent signing this offseason, leads the team in receptions, receiving yards and is the only wide receiver with a touchdown catch.
A team source tells Metro Decker “is unlikely to play” against the Bears at this point, but the Jets’ top target won’t rule himself out.
“I can’t give you a timeline. I can just tell you that right now, every day I am going to try and do a little bit more and see how it feels, and keep at it, whether it’s a strengthening program, or a stretching program, whatever they have for me, and we are going to be smart with it,” Decker said. “But I want to get out [on the field] as soon as I can for my teammates, so I am going to obviously make a smart choice, but try to get out there.”
Cornerback Dee Milliner was also held out of practice on Wednesday. The Jets’ first-round pick from a year ago suffered a high ankle sprain in training camp that limited him to just one preseason game. He missed the first game of the season, but came back last Sunday.
Head coach Rex Ryan said he doesn’t think the player was rushed back ahead of last Sunday’s loss at the Packers, despite the cornerback struggling, including on the Packers’ game-winning touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson.
“I don’t feel that way. I thought he started the game well,” Ryan said. “At the end of the game, obviously he didn’t play as well as he is capable of. But no, I don’t think [he was rushed back].”
Milliner said he’s “progressing day-in and day-out” with the ankle injury.
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