Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie left Thursday’s practice for a date with an MRI machine after he injured his knee, leaving his status for Sunday’s game with the Steelers in doubt.
Coach Rex Ryan called it a “hold your breath type” of deal but the Jets were able to exhale once they got word that Cromartie was diagnosed with a hyper-extended knee. Cromartie did not practice on Friday and Dennis Waszak of the Associated Press reports that Ryan said it would be a Sunday decision about whether or not the Jets will have Cromartie in the lineup.
If Cromartie can’t go, the Jets will be very thin at cornerback. Dee Milliner was ruled out for the second straight week because of a hamstring injury (as was wide receiver Santonio Holmes) leaving Kyle Wilson and Darrin Walls to hold down the fort in the event Cromartie joins Milliner on the sideline.
The Jets also listed tight end Kellen Winslow as doubtful after he missed practice Friday. Ryan said Winslow’s absence was excused, but didn’t get into specifics outside of saying that it wasn’t because of his chronic knee issues.