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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.
A long-term injury would be a devastating blow for the Jets (3-2), who already have problems at cornerback.
Former starter Dee Milliner, a first-round pick, was demoted in Week 3 and later suffered a hamstring injury that has caused him to miss the past two games. He hasn’t returned to practice and isn’t expected to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4).
Cromartie, coming off a Pro Bowl season, is one of the Jets’ most important defenders because he often is assigned to the opponent’s No. 1 receiver — the job previously held by Darrelle Revis, who was traded this past offseason.
In three-plus seasons with the Jets, Cromartie never has missed a game due to injury.
Information from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen was used in this report.
- Longtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
- Syracuse University graduate