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Jets: Eric Decker has sprained knee ligament

Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets

Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets runs with the ball after a reception during a game against the Indianapolis Colts during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sept. 21, 2015 in Indianapolis. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andy Lyons

Eric Decker's status for Sunday's game against the Eagles is in doubt, the Jets said, after an MRI Tuesday revealed that the receiver suffered a sprained ligament in his left knee during the Jets' win over the Colts on Monday night.

According to coach Todd Bowles, Decker is day-to-day, but it's unclear if he'll be able to play against the Eagles.

"I don't know. I have to see how he's doing later in the week," Bowles said on a conference call. "If he's not moving well, obviously he's not going to play. But time will tell. He's got a little bit of time. I'm hopeful. But it's not out of the realm [of possibility] that he won't play, either."

Decker's injury wasn't the only hit the Jets' receiving corps took Monday night. Bowles said Chris Owusu suffered a leg injury, but didn't know the severity. In a subsequent interview on ESPN 98.7 FM, Bowles said Owusu could be out two weeks.

Decker said Monday night that the injury occurred after Colts cornerback Jalil Brown fell on top of him on a deep-ball incompletion by Ryan Fitzpatrick with 14:20 left in the game. According to Decker, team doctors told him he had injured the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, but that they wouldn't know for sure until Tuesday's MRI results came back.

"I don't think it's surgical though, so I don't think it's too serious," said Decker, who had a huge first half against the Colts with eight catches for 97 yards.

"I actually came to the sideline and I didn't feel anything," he said Monday, adding that he didn't feel "a pop" or anything else that would have indicated a far more significant knee injury. "And then I tried to run and it just kind of hurt. I pulled myself out."

With a short week of preparation, it seems unlikely that Decker will be able to play. And with Owusu out, the Jets are particularly thin at wide receiver. Bowles said he's hopeful that Devin Smith, who suffered broken ribs in training camp, will play, but it depends on the rookie's conditioning, pain threshold and ability to absorb the playbook.

When asked during the ESPN interview if he's comfortable with Jeremy Kerley stepping up in the absence of Decker and Owusu, Bowles said: "If I need him. We have a lot of good players."


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