FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie went down in practice Thursday with a noncontact knee injury and was taken for an MRI exam, according to two league sources.
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Antonio Cromartie suffered a noncontact knee injury Thursday in practice and was taken for an MRI, according to league sources.
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).
Their top healthy corners are Darrin Walls, who has started the past two games, and nickelback Kyle Wilson.
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.
Cromartie's absence would be especially felt in the coming weeks, as the Jets face some of the league's elite quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
In three-plus seasons with the Jets, Cromartie never has missed a game due to injury.