By Tyson Rauch
On Monday night the New York Jets (1-1) could be playing the Chicago Bears (1-1) without two very important players. Defensive back Dee Milliner did not practice on Friday and Saturday and is listed as doubtful for the prime time match-up with ankle and quadricep injuries. Wide receiver Eric Decker practiced on a limited basis on Saturday and will more than likely become a game time decision with a hamstring injury. Both of these injuries will force the Jets to rearrange their game plan to incorporate reserve players.
With Milliner out, Allen steps up
The New York Jets secondary will return to their week one lineup which consisted of Darrin Walls and Antonio Allen at the starting cornerback positions, with Calvin Pryor and Dawan Landry playing at safety. This group will be significantly tested by a Chicago passing attack that features a strong armed quarterback in Jay Cutler along with receiving threats Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Santonio Holmes, Martellus Bennett, and running back Matt Forte. Jeffery and Marshall are listed as questionable on the official injury report but both pass catchers are expected to play. Keep an eye on the nickel position for the New York Jets as the Chicago Bears could test defensive back Kyle Wilson early and often.
If Decker is limited, tight ends could be featured.
The injury to wide receiver Eric Decker could force the Jets to change the parameters of their passing game. Look for Gang Green to work the ball to running back Chris Johnson out of the backfield and to give opportunities to tight ends Jace Amaro and Jeff Cumberland. This approach will allow the Jets to get the football in the hands of different playmakers as wide receiver Jeremy Kerley will more than likely receive additional coverage. Do not be surprised to see wide receiver Jalen Saunders incorporated into the game plan as well.
LB Nick Bellore (hip)
DB Josh Bush (hip)
OL Willie Colon (calf)
LB Quinton Coples (elbow)
WR Eric Decker (hamstring)
DB Dee Milliner (ankle/quad)
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Tyson Rauch is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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