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Rex Ryan doesn't regret activating Eric Decker for Monday night's game

Eric Decker of the Jets makes a catch

Eric Decker of the Jets makes a catch in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Twelve snaps and one catch is all Eric Decker could muster on Monday night. But Rex Ryan has no regrets about activating him for the Jets-Bears game.

"Quite honestly, you have a good football player that thinks he can be out there and help you," Ryan said Tuesday on a conference call. "We wouldn't put a guy out there if he didn't think he could protect himself or wasn't healthy enough to get out there."

Decker was cleared to play after testing his hamstring during warm-ups, but he only made a brief appearance because of tightness in his leg. He was officially ruled out in the second half. "I don't call today a setback," Decker said after the game. "I got out at the right time. If I keep progressing, I feel like I'll be good to go by the weekend."

Asked about Decker's status for Sunday's game against the Lions, Ryan said: "Hopefully, he'll be ready to play."

Ryan sounded even less confident about cornerback Dee Milliner, who missed Week 1 because of a high ankle sprain and the Bears game with a quadriceps injury. "There's no way to tell right now," he said of Milliner's chances of playing against Detroit. "He's got to get on the practice field first and we'll see how he does."


Mo good to go

Jets fans can breathe easy knowing that Muhammad Wilkerson is OK, according to Ryan.

"I think Mo's good, guys. It's not a serious knee injury. It looks like a contusion," he said, a day after his star defensive end left the game in the fourth quarter with a right knee injury. "We'll see how he is. Possibly, he might miss tomorrow. But I think he's going to be fine."


Jet streams

CB Ellis Lankster was released and CB Brandon Smith signed to the practice squad . . . Fifth-round pick Jeremiah George was signed off the practice squad by the Jaguars . . . Safety Jamarca Sanford reportedly worked out.

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