Florham Park N.J. - If the New York Jets want any chance of defeating the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, they will need a healthy group of players participating in the game. The team received some good news in practice Friday as several members whose status was uncertain for Sunday were in helmets on the turf. Jets wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, guard James Carpenter and middle linebacker Erin Henderson were dressed and in action at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility Friday morning.
This is huge news for the Jets as there were some concerns surrounding these injured players - Marshall, Decker and Carpenter in particular. As the week of practice ensued, these Jets were either off the practice field or limited during team drills. Typically, that does not bode well for teams. In the final practice before the team hits the road to Kansas City, New York earned a vote of confidence with Marshall, Decker and Carpenter.
Marshall is coming off a knee injury he sustained in Thursday's match against the Buffalo Bills. Although it looked scary and many of Marshall's teammates - including himself - feared the worse, he returned to the game. Had the Jets lost Marshall long-term, it would have been a major blow that the team may not have been able to overcome. The wide receiver was held off the practice field the entire week, which brought up questions if he would be a game time decision on Sunday. In two games, Marshall has nine catches for 133 yards and no touchdowns.
Decker sustained a shoulder injury Thursday night and was limited in practice throughout the week. In the game against Buffalo, Decker had six catches for 126 yards and one touchdown - his best performance on the young season. In two games, he has emerged as Ryan Fitzpatrick's reliable target in big yardage situations and the red zone. Decker has eight total catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns through two weeks.
One of the more underrated members of this injured group was James Carpenter. He went down hard with a calf injury in the Bills game and missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday leading up to the Chiefs game. In case Carpenter is not ready to go - despite him being in gear on Friday - the Jets worked out right tackle Brent Qvale on the scout team's left guard position during the week. New York's offensive line has played terrific through two games this season only allowing two sacks while helping Matt Forte explode for a total of 196 yards and three touchdowns.
A formal injury report will be released later on in the day from head coach Todd Bowles. Stay tuned for updates.
Joe Barone is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone), or via email (email@example.com).null