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Rex Ryan believes Eric Decker will face Lions

Jets head coach Rex Ryan and wide receiver

Jets head coach Rex Ryan and wide receiver Eric Decker (87) shake hands before a game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Friday Sept. 7, 2014. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

Although Eric Decker didn't practice Wednesday, Rex Ryan believes his top receiver will be healthy enough to play against the Lions.

"He's a durable guy and I think he's going to do whatever it takes to play," Ryan said of Decker, who was forced to leave Monday night's loss to the Bears because of tightness in his right hamstring. "I'm confident, I'm hopeful that he'll play. But again we'll see as it goes during the week."

Decker, who injured the hamstring against the Packers in Week 2, was a game-time decision Monday. He was activated, but he played only 12 snaps and caught one pass for 19 yards.

Ryan acknowledged hamstring injuries can be tricky, "but again, he's a veteran player and knows his body," he said.

Decker had lots of company in the trainers area on Wednesday. Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (knee) did not practice because of a bone bruise he suffered late in the Chicago game and center Nick Mangold (shoulder) also sat out.

"I don't know when it specifically came up," Mangold said of the injury, "but it just progressively got a little worse."

Meanwhile, it's unclear if Dee Milliner will miss his second straight game. The cornerback, who missed Week 1 because of a high ankle sprain, didn't face the Bears because of tightening in his right quadriceps. It happened while he was backpedaling at practice a week ago and he hasn't practiced since.

"My ankle's fine," he said. "So to come back from that and [now have a quad injury], it can be frustrating because I want to be out on the field. Anytime I'm missing time, it's frustrating."


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David Nelson (illness) also did not practice, while Willie Colon (calf) was limited . . . Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) missed practice . . . Jets promoted CB LeQuan Lewis to the active roster and signed former Texans CB Marcus Williams to the practice squad.

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