The Jets could be down a pair of receivers Sunday against the Bears as head coach Todd Bowles ruled out Quincy Enunwa (ankle) Wednesday and Robby Anderson (ankle) is doubtful after not practicing all week.
Bowles said it'll be all hands on deck for a wideout group that includes Jermaine Kearse, Rishard Matthews, who signed with the club Tuesday, Andre Roberts, Charone Peake and Deontay Burnett. He also dismissed the possibility of re-signing Terrelle Pryor prior to Sunday's action, but the team will re-visit the idea next week.
"They're working hard and all of them get a chance to play and prove themselves," Bowles said. "We're happy with them in practice and they just have to go out and produce on Sunday."
Center Spencer Long has been battling knee and finger ailments, but the latter has gotten worse by the week. Long is questionable and either Jonotthan Harrison or Dakota Dozier will start at the anchor if Long can't go.
While the probability of cornerback Trumaine Johnson's return from a quad injury is not likely this week, the Jets secondary will receive a boost from cornerback Buster Skrine. The eighth-year veteran, who cleared concussion protocol, fully practiced for the first time since Week 5. Safety Marcus Maye is listed as questionable with a thumb injury and he will be a game-time decision after being an inactive in Week 7.
"It feels good to get back and contribute," Skrine said. "I didn't want to miss any games, but it was the right thing to do. I'm happy to be back."
Buckeye State Connection
While Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is only in his second professional season, Jets linebacker Darron Lee is familiar with Trubisky from his high school days.
"Believe it or not, he went to high school in Ohio, so I've watched him play high school ball, too," Lee said of the Mentor HS alum. "I know what he's about. I watched him a little bit in college and definitely this year. He looks a lot more comfortable, comfortable extending plays and hitting those big plays. He's doing a really good job helping his team. He's putting them in a really good position to win games."
The 2017 No. 2 overall pick is completing 65.9% of his passes this season and has thrown for at least 300 yards in three consecutive games. But Trubisky's greatest asset might be his legs as he is second amongst quarterbacks with 245 rushing yards. He's also found the end zone twice on the ground this season.
"That helps their team extend plays," Lee said. "That's obviously going to propose issues for any type of defense. We definitely have to go in there keeping a mindset of closing the pocket and keeping him in the pocket because he can create a lot of plays with his legs."
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One of this weekend's premiere matchups will be how the Jets handle Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack. Debatably the best pass rusher in the league, Mack has tallied five sacks and four forced fumbles in his first six games in the Windy City.
"He has the ability to switch it up on you because he has speed and power," Jets right tackle Brandon Shell said. "I think he's good with feeling pressure to make another move. If you're trying to turn him out, your pressure is inside and he'll make a move. He's good with feeling pressure and reacting off of it."