Antonio Cromartie Injury: Updates on Jets CB's Concussion and Return

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

Nov. 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) reads a playbook against the New England Patriots during the second half on Thanksgiving at Metlife Stadium. Patriots won 49-19. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Updates for Sunday, Dec. 15

Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that Antonio Cromartie is active for today's game: 

Antonio Cromartie is active for today's game #nyj

— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) December 15, 2013

Updates for Friday, Dec. 13

Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports that Antonio Cromartie was not on the field in practice: 

No sign of CB Antonio Cromartie on the field as the #Jets warm up. He had a concussion last week. #nyj

— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) December 13, 2013

From Chris Lopresti of WFAN:

Kimberely A. Martin of Newsday reports that Cromartie is questionable for Sunday: 

Antonio Cromartie (concussion/hip) is QUESTIONABLE. He was limited in practice. Still has to pass concussion protocol.

— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) December 13, 2013

---End of Update---

Updates for Thursday, Dec. 12

From Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

Cromartie (concussion) still hasn't been cleared for contact, but it sounds promising that he'll be available vs Panthers. #nyj

— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) December 12, 2013

Jane McManus of ESPN had more from Cromartie on his concussion

Cromartie said it's the first concussion of his career. Isnt experiencing any symptoms anymore. #nfl #jets

— Jane McManus (@janesports) December 12, 2013

Updates for Wednesday, Dec. 11

Brian Costello of the New York Post confirms Antonio Cromartie is present at Jets practice:

Cromartie (concussion) is at practice stretching but he doesn't have a helmet. #nyj

— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) December 11, 2013

However, it was later revealed that Cromartie did not participate in practice, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News:

Cromartie (concussion), Stephen Hill (knee), Winslow (pitch count) did not practice. #nyj

— Seth Walder (@SethWalderNYDN) December 11, 2013

Updates for Monday, Dec. 9

From Rich Cimini of ESPN:

Rex Ryan: Cromartie in concussion protocol, felt better today. #Jets

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 9, 2013

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Antonio Cromartie of the New York Jets left Sunday afternoon's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with what appeared to be a concussion.

From Brian Costello of the New York Post:

Cromartie has a head injury. Has been taken to the locker room.

— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) December 9, 2012

While it remains to be seen if Cromartie in fact suffered a concussion and what the severity of the injury is, losing him for any duration of time would be a major blow to the Jets.

Remember, the team already lost top corner Darrelle Revis for the season. Trying to survive without both of its top corners would be a tall task for New York.

Now, you might be thinking that its a moot point since the Jets have been so dysfunctional this season and won't be a playoff team. But believe it or not, this team can still make the playoffs.

Crazy, I know.

At 6-7, the Jets can easily finish 9-7 with games remaining against the Tennessee TitansSan Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills. And in the AFC, 9-7 will probably be good enough for that last playoff spot. 

The Jets are currently chasing the 7-6 Steelers and 7-6 Bengals, and those teams still have to play one another. The Steelers also face the Cowboys down the stretch, while the Bengals get the Ravens.

All of this means losing Cromartie for any duration of time is a major loss for a team that shockingly still has a shot at the postseason. 

On the year, Cromartie has 27 tackles, three interceptions, 11 passes defended and one defensive touchdown. He's clearly the team's top cover corner and a vital part of a defense that has played well since getting smacked around by the New England Patriots in Week 12, 49-19.

Keep it here as more information becomes available on Cromartie's injury status.


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