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Jets hope to get receivers Eric Decker and David Nelson back on field

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87)

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) misses a pass during the first half of the Detroit Lions at New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday Sept. 28, 2014. Photo Credit: Lee S. Weissman

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The NFL fined Jets quarterback Geno Smith $12,000 on Friday for shouting an obscenity at a fan after Sunday's home loss to the Detroit Lions.

The fine, which was expected, capped a tumultuous week for Smith, who earlier said he would accept whatever punishment the league announced. Smith's job security was a topic of discussion all week as the Jets prepared to face the Chargers Sunday.

Smith probably won't hear it from too many Jets fans in sunny San Diego regardless of how he performs. A much bigger concern for Smith and the Jets is whether he'll have anyone to catch his passes.

Wide receivers Eric Decker and David Nelson will be game-time decisions, coach Rex Ryan said before the team left for the long flight to California. Decker has a sore right hamstring and Nelson has been slowed by a sprained left ankle.

Forget about touchdowns for the moment. The biggest clue as to whether either will play may have come when the Jets' plane touched down in San Diego on Friday. The healing process is not helped by a cross-country flight; Nelson in particular said he was concerned about swelling during the journey.

Nelson practiced on a limited basis Friday and Decker didn't practice at all. Ryan said he was "shocked" by how quickly Nelson has improved this week. Both are listed as questionable.

"His ankle was unbelievable," Ryan said. "Some guys are unbelievable healers now. We'll see how he does, but I was shocked that he was able to go, even on a limited basis.

"It wasn't bad. That's why I'm saying we're taking him on the trip and we'll see. I'm sure that will be a game-time decision or whatever. I'm a little shocked he's to the point where he is even making the trip."

The Jets' healthy receivers are Jeremy Kerley, Greg Salas, Walt Powell, T.J. Graham and Chris Owusu. The last two were signed this week.

Decker, who signed a five-year, $36.3-million contract, has been bothered by the hamstring for most of the season. He has 14 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson, who was hurt last week, has six catches for 45 yards.

The Jets had to deal with injuries at wide receiver last season, so this situation is déjà vu for Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

And Smith, of course.

"Any time you deal with injuries, that is a tough situation," Ryan said. "It's not an ideal situation, for sure, but luckily those two guys, Decker and Nelson, both guys have played a long time. They know the system. So it could be worse."

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