Despite suffering a third-degree tear of his posterior cruciate ligament, defensive end Stephen Bowen said he’s optimistic he can play this Sunday against the New York Jets.

“The way it’s going right now, the way it feels — I’m planning on playing Sunday,” Bowen said Wednesday morning.

Bowen said he injured his left knee late in last Sunday’s win at Seattle. He said he shed a Seattle guard late and gave chase after Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch, but the Seattle guard stuck with Bowen and eventually hit him in the back of his knee.

Bowen said returned to the game the next series but was in a lot of pain. An MRI the next morning revealed the tear.

“A lot of the pain has gone away. It hurt a lot the last two days,” Bowen said. “But today I feel pretty good. We’re going to see how it goes.”

Bowen will receive treatment on his knee throughout the week, and coaches might ease him back into practice.

“It’s about getting the soreness out and taking it day by day,” he said.