Antonio Cromartie Injury: Update on Jets CB's Knee
ESPN's Rich Cimini reports the team is concerned about the issue:
CB Antonio Cromartie suffered non-contact knee injury today in practice, taken for MRI, per sources. Team concerned. Story posted soon. #nyj— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) October 11, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 12
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Despite being questionable with a knee injury, Jets CB Antonio Cromartie is expected to play vs Steelers on Sunday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2013
The results of the MRI weren't immediately known, but the team is concerned it could be a serious injury. One source described it as a hyperextension, but that hasn't been confirmed by the team.
On Thursday, Cromartie appeared for the first time on the post-practice report with a knee injury and "limited" participation. Coach Rex Ryan didn't provide any information other than what was on the report.
However, New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta makes it sound less serious:
New York once again has an elite defense under head coach Rex Ryan. The unit allows just 222.8 passing yards per game—good for the No. 13 rank in the league.
Much of that success can be attributed to Cromartie and his physical style on the outside. He effectively shuts down the opposing team's best receiver.
While there was a miniature panic in New York after Darrelle Revis was traded away this past offseason, Cromartie's play has allowed the unit and fans to mostly forget about Revis Island. Now, with a potential serious injury on the horizon, the Jets defense will face a true test.
If Cromartie misses time, the Jets will turn to the combo of Kyle Wilson and Darrin Walls at the position, with rookie Dee Milliner figuring to play as well.
A short week followed by an encounter with the Pittsburgh Steelers and a visit from Tom Brady and New England Patriots the week after looms, so Cromartie is a key component to a critical stretch for New York.
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