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Injuries: Wilkerson fine; Milliner, Decker iffy

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson suffered a bruised knee Monday night and he may miss practice Wednesday, but he's expected to be ready for the Detroit Lions.

"I think Mo’s good," Rex Ryan said Tuesday. "It's not a serious knee injury. ... I think he's going to be fine."

It didn't look fine with 3:14 left in the game, when Wilkerson stayed down for a couple of minutes with a leg injury. He ended up returning at the end of the game for the Chicago Bears' kneel-down plays. Wilkerson, who has yet to miss a game in his career, played in 64 of 66 defensive snaps.

The Jets are less certain about wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) and cornerback Dee Milliner (quadriceps), who didn't didn't play after developing tightness in his quad last week. His high-ankle sprain no longer is an issue, according to Ryan.

Milliner has missed five of 19 games in his career, and his latest ailment seemed to have Ryan at a loss. The coach said he has no idea if the former No. 1 pick will play.

"I'm definitely not sure on that," he said. "We’ll have to see how the week progresses. There’s no way to tell right now. We have to get him on the practice field and see how he does."

Decker started against the Bears and tried to play through a pre-existing injury, but he lasted only 12 snaps. The Jets probably should've deactivated him to let him heal for another week, but Ryan refused to second-guess the decision, saying he felt Decker was capable of helping the team in a limited role. He had one catch for 19 yards, a nice grab in traffic over the middle.

Roster moves: Cornerback Ellis Lankster, who played in 17 special-teams snaps in the game, was released for the second time in less than a month. To replace him, the Jets signed cornerback Brandon Smith, who was with the Buffalo Bills in training camp. CORRECTION: The Jets later announced that Smith was added to the practice squad, not the 53-man roster.