Cromartie, Holmes, Kerley up in air

November, 29, 2013
11/29/13
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets have a number of key players who will be game-time decisions, Rex Ryan announced Friday, including WR Santonio Holmes, CB Antonio Cromartie and WR Jeremy Kerley. The Jets are hosting Miami at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Cromartie's injury dates to when his hip was dislocated in 2008. He characterized his current injury as a ligament issue with his right hip. This year he's experienced a lot of pain, and he's given up more yardage than he usually does to opposing receivers.

"It just restricts me from being explosive," Cromartie said. "I can't open up my stride as much as I've wanted to. But, it's just something that I try to deal with, with myself, and go through the treatments and just try to get myself better from that way. But today just running around, I felt more explosive. I just felt more comfortable with it today then I have since I reinjured it back in really Week 2 of the preseason. So, it's a point of just getting ready and just making sure I'm mentally ready if I'm going to play, and from a physical standpoint I think I'll be fine."

The Jets have struggled to limit big pass plays from their opponents this year and, although Cromartie hasn't been as effective as in recent years, he is still by far the team's top corner.

"Do we want Cro out there, sure, but it's always about the next guy up," defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said.

The Jets' backup plan includes Darrin Walls and possibly Kyle Wilson. Rookie Dee Milliner, a first-round pick who has had his own struggles on the field, would start on the opposite side.

On Friday, Cromartie said he's been less than upfront about his pain, blaming some of his misses on technique rather than his hip. He's been waking up with pain and tightness in the area.

"I'm never a guy to look for excuses," Cromartie said, "because if I'm on the field, I'm on the field and my teammates, myself, my coaching staff, they expect from me to be 100 percent when I'm on the field. I ask myself to be that way when I'm on the field also."

But the coaching staff is aware that Cromartie hasn't been as dominant this year, and that the injury could be a culprit.

"It probably does have some affect on him," Ryan said.

Holmes is a player who hasn't been recognizable, even when he can get into a game. His reps are reduced and it's reflected in his production. Holmes was a Super Bowl MVP after the 2008 season, but this year he has been a shadow of himself after missing a year with a Lisfranc injury that needed surgery to repair.

"Hopefully we'll get him back and get him healthy because we're going to need him," Ryan said.

Holmes did not practice for two straight days, and Ryan said it was his hamstring rather than his foot that was bothering him. Holmes is listed with both on the injury report.

"I'm concerned," Ryan said.

Earlier, Holmes was cagey about his health, saying he felt the same as he's felt the last three weeks. "Pretty good," Holmes said. Later, Ryan announced he didn't practice and would be a game time decision.

As for Kerley, he's the least likely to play Sunday. The slot receiver hasn't had a full practice in three weeks, and Ryan said getting him into the game would be hard given his position as a receiver and the nature of the elbow injury. Ryan was concerned that Kerley was unable to protect himself should he fall and need to brace himself, even though Kerley very much wants to go.

"If he's capable, he'll be out there." Ryan said.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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