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Jets Q&A: Muhammad Wilkerson apologizes for ejection

The Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson reacts as he walks

The Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson reacts as he walks off the field after being ejected from the game after a fight during the second half of a game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. Credit: AP / Tom Lynn

What was Muhammad Wilkerson's reaction to his ejection?

The defensive lineman didn't hide from the cameras. Instead, Wilkerson stood in the hallway outside the visitor's locker room at Lambeau Field and accepted responsibility for his actions.

A skirmish broke out in the end zone after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb on a two-point conversion. Wilkerson and teammate Sheldon Richardson were in the middle of the fracas, and Wilkerson was thrown out after swinging repeatedly at opposing players.

"Guys' hands were in my face, so I was using my hands to get their hands out of my face," he explained. "At the end of the day, I lost my cool and I let my emotions get the best of me.

"It happened so fast. I don't know which player it was, but I can't do that. I let my teammates down. We're a family here. I let everybody down. I apologized to everybody in the locker room. I'm a leader of this team, and that's just not the way I'm supposed to act."

Richardson said his facemask was grabbed after he pulled a Packers lineman off safety Dawan Landry. That, he said, started the melee.

"[Mo] threw a punch. Can't do that, but we most definitely protected our own players," Richardson said, adding that a Packers player had his hands around Landry's neck. "I know Mo. We don't go for that at all. You put your hands on our teammates, we most definitely will put our hands on y'all.

"He feels bad about it. Me as well. We let the team down. Just can't let it happen again."

Rookie safety Calvin Pryor said the team is behind Wilkerson: "He apologized after [coach Rex Ryan] talked. We all understand. Each and every Sunday, we're going to battle for each other. Mo fought. He was just trying to back up his brothers, which he should. That's what happens. He has a passion and a love for the game. That's the way it's supposed to be."

 

How is Eric Decker?

The Jets' top receiver had a great day production-wise until he aggravated a right hamstring injury in the third quarter and did not return. It's the same hamstring he tweaked in training camp.

"It was a deep ball, running a post route," said Decker, who caught four passes for 63 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown -- his first as a Jet -- to give them a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

"Just made a cut. It got real sore. Tried to move around," Decker said. "I didn't think I was going to be effective going back in . . . All I was going to do was slow everybody down."

 

How did Dee Milliner fare in his 2014 debut?

Milliner finally suited up, but it was clear the second-year cornerback wasn't 100 percent healthy. Antonio Allen and Darrin Walls started the game at the corners for the Jets and Milliner eventually was subbed in.

Milliner was beaten badly on a double-move by Jordy Nelson, who scampered 80 yards for what proved to be the winning touchdown in the third quarter. He later asked to be taken out.

"I felt good. I was moving around good," Milliner said. "Towards the end, it tightened up on me a little bit. I told [Allen] it would be better to go back in at the time because I felt like he could do better because I couldn't move like I wanted to."Asked about Nelson's big day, Milliner said: "Some of that was he's a great player and some of it was we just gave it to him. I'm not taking anything away from him. He's a great receiver and he did great things today."

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