Decker is day-to-day with a sprained knee, coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday. About 16 hours earlier, in the Jets' locker room at Lucas Oil Stadium, Decker indicated the preliminary diagnosis was a PCL injury to his left knee.
It happened early in the fourth quarter of the Jets' 20-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Decker said postgame tests indicated he wouldn't require surgery. Bowles refused to tip his hand on whether he expects Decker to play this week.
"I don't know; I'm going to have to see how he's doing later in the week," Bowles said. "If he's not moving well, obviously he's not going to play. But time will tell. He's got a little bit of time. I'm hopeful, but it's not out of the realm of possibility he won't play."
Decker played one of his best games as a Jet, finishing with eight catches for 97 yards and a touchdown -- all in the first half. He and Brandon Marshall have formed a formidable tandem, combining for four touchdowns in the Jets' 2-0 start. Decker has a potential juicy matchup against the Eagles in Week 3. Chris Owusu and Devin Smith could see more work if Decker is indeed out.
Eric Decker assured reporters his knee injury isn't serious. At least, he doesn't think so.
His presence in the visitor's locker room was a welcome sight for worried teammates, after he was forced to leave early in the fourth quarter of the Jets' 20-7 win over the Colts on Monday Night Football.
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"I don't think it's surgical though, so I don't think it's too serious," Decker said of his injury, which occurred after Colts cornerback Jalil Brown fell on top of him on a deep-ball incompletion thrown by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick with 14:20 left in the game.
Decker said team doctors "think' he injured the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. But he'll undergo an MRI on Tuesday, according to Jets coach Todd Bowles.
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick explained how that ratio unfolds during a conference call today.
"We go into each game and that may change a bit based on how the game's going situationally and what the matchups are and what's working and what isn't," Belichick said. "I think when you look around the league, there were maybe two teams in the league, maybe one, I don't know how many, threw the ball less than they ran it. So every team was over 50 percent passing. Some teams were around 70 percent if I remember. The Bears, teams like that. That was last year.
"But, you know, that was kind of a general trend in the league. A lot of plays are based upon run, pass, checks in the league. Teams get into more coverage-type positions and that invites the run and vice versa. It's really hard to go and do this this many times or do that this many times. Each game is different and as you get into the game it just depends on how the game's unfolding, the score and the situation, but also how the matchups are working with the personnel you're facing and what type of defenses or coverages or pressures, how you want to attack those.
Belichick referenced games in the past in which the weather conditions dictacted a more run-based approach. He used past Bills games as examples, but he could have also referenced every Colts game since the 2013 season in which the Pats ran the ball more than they threw it to great success. It depends on the situation.
"It's kind of a long answer to a short question, but the bottom line is that if it works out that we're balanced, then it's great. And if it works out that we're favoring more of one than another, that's fine too."
You never know what you're going to get form the Pats. The fantasy negative to Julian Edelman was he didn't score TDs and he had two in Week 2. Dion Lewis wasn't put in the doghouse after a fumble and had more work than LeGarrette Blount. The Pats will continue to be one of more unpredictable offenses outside of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
The wideout will be active Monday night versus the New York Jets, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of Hilton's status. Hilton was officially listed as questionable. NBC Sports first reported the news.
Hilton left last week's loss with a bruised knee and did not return. The Colts' No. 1 wideout practiced on limited basis on Saturday, leading coach Chuck Pagano to say Hilton "looked good" and was optimistic he could play Monday.
In Week 1, Hilton led the Colts with seven receptions for 88 receiving yards on 14 targets. In three career games on MNF, Hilton has 14 receptions, 179 receiving yards and one touchdown.
How hindered the speedy wideout will be is something to monitor early in the contest. If his game-breaking speed is sapped, it could cramp the Colts' offense against Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine and the rest of the Jets' secondary. Hilton comes with risk tonight and on top of it his presence should also put a dent in Donte Moncrief's fantasy value as Moncrief was expected to start if Hilton was unable to go.
Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he's optimistic that Hilton will play this week.
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"He looked good. Still got two days," Pagano said of his star receiver, via Indy Sports Central's Mike Chappell.
It was the first practice of the week for the Colts' No. 1 receiver after leaving a Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter with a bruised knee. Despite the early exit, Hilton led Indy with seven receptions for 88 yards on 14 targets.
"Depends on how my knee reacts tomorrow." said Hilton, via the Indy Star. "It's a great thing we play Monday."
Getting an extra day of rest should help Hilton's availability Monday night. If Hilton isn't full-go, Andrew Luck will rely on Donte Moncrief and rookie Phillip Dorsett to fill his shoes alongside veteran Andre Johnson. Moncrief, it was said earlier in the week, could get the start to take pressure off the Dorsett.
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WR T.Y. Hilton (knee), LB Robert Mathis (achilles), LB Jonathan Newsome (hamstring)
G Todd Herremans (shoulder), LB D'Qwell Jackson (toe), LB Bjoern Werner (knee)
Ivory was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. He tweaked his groin earlier in the week during practice. If he can't go, Bilal Powell would make a handcuff option for Ivory owners. For the Colts, Hilton was held out of practice all week but was limited on Saturday and is also questionable, perhaps a sign he's at least trending upward. Neither player may be 100-percent for the game if they are active. Donte Moncrief seems on track to take Hilton's place if he can't go.
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Jets RB Chris Ivory (groin) took limited practice reps again Friday. Ivory is expected to play in a good matchup on Monday night. The Colts have struggled against the run for years. Bilal Powell is a capable Plan B.
Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (knee) missed practice again Friday. Hilton was hoping to do some work at practice on Friday, but it didn’t happen. Hilton may be a game-time decision for Monday night, which will put owners in a tough position. Hopefully, we’ll have more clarity after the Colts practice on Saturday. Donte Moncrief or Phillip Dorsett both qualify as a Plan B. The same goes for Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, if they happen to be on the bench.
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:09pm
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Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (knee) missed practice Thursday. Hilton may be a game-time decision for Monday night, which will put owners in a tough position. Hopefully, we’ll have more clarity over the weekend.
This would mean Foster would return in Week 5. His recovery timeline has been all over the map. A national writer said he could even return as early as this week, but McClain is a respected, plugged in beat writer, so we tend to believe him.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 8:29pm
On Tuesday evening, the Colts waived/injured Ballard.
If Ballard clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts injured reserve.
After knee and Achilles injuries ended Ballard’s previous two seasons, the fourth-year running back battled hamstring injuries throughout Training Camp and the preseason.
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"Is it rare that Sammy [Watkins] is going to go without a catch?" Ryan said Monday. "Yeah, that will probably happen once this season. Our thing is our focus is trying to win the game, whatever the means, however we can do that, to give ourselves the best chance that is what we are going to do."
Watkins wasn't targeted until early in the fourth quarter and was credited with three targets in the game, however. For the points the team put up, it is a surprise Watkins wasn't more involved. The good news is team's usually will make it a point not to let that happen again so Watkins may be benefit from some early targets in Week 2 to get him more involved. But coming into the season, the Bills passing offense was going to be an up-and-down experience.
“I feel like you have to run the ball. You have to do both. If the run is there, it’s there. If the pass is there, it’s there. We gotta do both to win in this league,” said Gore after the game Sunday. “We did have things going, but big penalties. We can’t do that.”
The Colts reached midfield on their opening drive, before a holding penalty and false start backed the offense up to its own 35 to make it 1st and 25. The drive would only go two more yards after that.
“We have to get the run game going,” said right guard Todd Herremans after the loss. “There’s no other way around it. If we don’t get that going, then our pass game is going to suffer, because of it.”
That was the case in the 1st half, when the Colts offense was shutout by Buffalo. Indianapolis called just 7 rushes compared to 26 passes, including a streak of 18 consecutive pass plays, after the Colts ran it 3 of the first 6 plays with Gore for 13 yards.
“Still got to be able to run it more,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano after the game. “You’re not going to survive by the pass only. I think everybody understands that.”
Part of the reason for the lack of run plays could have been what Andrew Luck was seeing across the line of scrimmage. Built into the Colts offense is the ability to read the defense pre-snap and choose from a few options, the story said. Indy will host the Jets at home on Monday night in Week 2 and it's another tough matchup for Gore owners. But the good news is the team should be focused on running the ball.