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Jets' Cromartie feels better, hopes to play

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm •  Published: December 12, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Antonio Cromartie has his sights set on playing Sunday. Now, it's up to the doctors.

The New York Jets cornerback's concussion symptoms have dissipated, but he's still going through the NFL's protocol on head injuries. Cromartie was limited at practice Thursday while wearing a red no-contact jersey after sitting out Wednesday.

"I feel good, I feel fine," Cromartie said. "But you never know how the mind works."

He was injured last Sunday when he collided with teammate Ed Reed in the third quarter while defending a pass to Oakland's Rod Streater, who turned it into a 48-yard score. Cromartie appeared dazed, as did Reed, but both were able to jog off the field and to the sideline.

Cromartie passed an initial medical exam and was allowed to return to the game, as was Reed. But with about five or six minutes remaining in the game, Cromartie began to experience headaches. He didn't tell the team doctors, though, until after the game — something that didn't sit well with the team.

"It was just that last drive," said Cromartie, who acknowledged the doctors were disappointed he didn't disclose his symptoms sooner. "I felt it during the drive. After that drive, that was it for us anyway. I went in right after the game and told them I was feeling a little headache, something like that."

Cromartie underwent a concussion test at that point, and the team has been easing him back, per the protocol. The fact he was able to practice a little, even with the no-contact jersey, is a promising development for the Jets.

New York takes on Cam Newton and the Panthers at Carolina on Sunday, and Cromartie would be the likely defender on Steve Smith if he plays.

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