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New York Jets Eric Decker has knee sprain, Chris Owusu leg injury

The Jets receivers came out of Indianapolis a bit banged up

With five words, first-year head coach Todd Bowles sent a collective sigh of relief across all those affiliated with the Jets franchise. 

Late in the fourth quarter of Monday's victory over the Indianapolis Colts, Eric Decker limped off the field and was taken back to the team's locker room with a knee injury. It was announced to the media shortly after that the Jets receiver was "doubtful" to return, and then panic near immediately set in. 

Now that Decker's gotten an MRI, those red flags are slowly being brought down. Speaking via conference call, Bowles weighed in on Decker's status. 

"He has a sprained knee," Bowles said. "He's day-to-day." 

This is the second week in a row that an MRI has provided positive news to an injury situation that originally seemed quite dismal. In the Jets season-opening victory over the Cleveland Browns, cornerback Antonio Cromartie was carted off the field with a left knee injury. After fearing an ACL tear, Cromartie was also given the official diagnosis of a sprained knee. 

While Cromartie sat out the first three days of Jets practice last week before being limited Friday and Saturday, and playing Monday night, Decker's status for the Jets game this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles is a bit more up in the air. After all, Cromartie had an extra day to heal. Decker has two days less. 

Bowles didn't have an initial expectation on if he thinks Decker will be ready or not. Instead, the coach chose to take the wait-and-see approach. 

"I'm going to have to see how he's doing a little later on in the week," Bowles said. "If he's not moving well, he's not going to be play. Time will tell. He's got a little time, so I'm hopeful."

Decker wasn't the only Jets wideout to leave Monday's victory a tad beat up. Fellow receiver Chris Owusu suffered a knee injury, and Bowles said after the conference call ended that the team could be without Owusu for two weeks, per 98.7 ESPN New York. 

"Owusu hurt his leg," Bowles said. "I don't know the severity of that one yet. We're still waiting for that to come back."

With both Owusu and Decker potentially out for next Sunday's game, the door could be opened for rookie Devin Smith to make his Jets debut. After being selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Smith hasn't played in a game -- regular season or preseason-- as he recovers from broken ribs. 

Smith practiced fully this past week, but Bowles elected not to play him against the Colts. Versus Philadelphia, he may not have a choice. 

"I'm hopeful (Smith will play,)" Bowles said. "He still has some things he has to do. We'll see as the week progresses." 


Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (

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