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Eric Decker not sure if he'll be able to play for Jets on Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during NFL

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during NFL football training camp in Cortland, N.Y., Friday, Aug.1, 2014. Credit: Hans Pennink

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Eric Decker insisted his hamstring isn't torn, but the Jets wide receiver isn't sure whether he'll suit up for Monday night's game against the Bears.

Decker, sporting a baseball cap, shorts and a pair of sneakers, did not practice Wednesday -- three days after he left the Jets-Packers game after he tweaked the same right hamstring he hurt in training camp.

Decker said he did not undergo an MRI but his hamstring felt better than it did on Tuesday. But "every day from here on out is going to really be a telling sign," he said.

The Jets also were without Dee Milliner, who didn't practice because of an ailing ankle injury. The second-year cornerback made his season debut in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Packers, but struggled to keep up with receivers.

Milliner, who suffered a high ankle sprain on Aug. 10, played 40 snaps. But Rex Ryan said he doesn't believe the former No. 1 pick came back prematurely.

It remains to be seen whether both Decker and Milliner will play. But Ryan said "we're confident that they will be ready. We know that they are going to work to get out there. I'm confident, we'll see how it goes during the week. But I should say, I guess, I'm hopeful that they will play."

Decker -- who leads the team with nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown -- said he can't give a timeline for his recovery. "My mentality is to take it one day at a time," he said. "I would love to play, so I am just making sure that we take the right steps. Don't do too much, but do enough to feel it out and make a decision once that day rolls around."

Asked how Decker's absence could affect the offense, quarterback Geno Smith said the unit has to enter the game "with the mindset that we're still going to do the same thing.

"I'm still confident in the other guys around him. Every single guy has an opportunity to step up. Eric's a key part of our offense, but we've got other guys who can step up and make plays for us and I look forward to seeing them do so."

And Smith doesn't think the offense will change drastically without Decker. "Not drastically, no. We're going to do the same things," the quarterback said. "We're going to put guys in the position to make plays and when we put them out there, we expect them to do so. And I'm fully confident they will."

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