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Eric Decker skips OTA to attend CMAs in Nashville

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker warms

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker warms up before a game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: Lee Weissman

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Eric Decker skipped Wednesday’s voluntary OTA session to attend the Country Music Awards in Nashville with his wife, country singer Jessie James Decker.

Sheldon Richardson and Calvin Pryor also were absent, but Jets coach Todd Bowles said he was aware the trio would be absent.

Decker also missed the first week of voluntary OTAs, prompting speculation that he was trying to “send a message” to ownership over the stalled negotiations with free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Decker, who said he was on vacation with his family, and Bowles, however, denied those reports last week.

Mandatory minicamp starts next Tuesday and Bowles is anticipating 100-percent attendance.

“I would expect them to be here,” he said. “They’re all under contract, so they should be here.”

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Cornerback Buster Skrine was a participant early in the practice but was forced to sit out after he “tweaked something in his leg,” according to Bowles. “Nothing serious,” the coach cautioned . . . Bowles confirmed tight end Kellen Davis recently underwent thumb surgery and is expected back by training camp in late July . . . After a somewhat sloppy practice, the entire team ended the afternoon running gassers. The reason? Too many penalties, according to quarterback Geno Smith. But Bowles told reporters not to read too much into the practice punishment. “We just needed to run, that’s all,” he said. “Some people needed to run, so everybody ran. It was nothing intended by it.”

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