Cromartie played with concussion effects

December, 12, 2013
12/12/13
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Antonio Cromartie said he felt the effects of his concussion with five or six minutes left in the game against Oakland, but the Jets cornerback didn't alert team trainers until after the game.

Cromartie was asked if team doctors were upset he didn't mention his symptoms to them during the game.

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"Yeah, I think everybody was," Cromartie said.

Cromartie practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, wearing a red jersey and not taking part in any contact drills. He is going through the concussion protocol now, and is not experiencing any symptoms.

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

Cromartie, who said this was his first concussion, will have to be formally cleared through the league's concussion protocol in order to play.

"Well, I feel good about his progress," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "But again the big thing is, I'm not saying he's going to play, doctors will make that determination and quite honestly, that decision is not made until game day."

Cromartie said he was injured in the third quarter, during a play when he and Jets safety Ed Reed collided with 6:26 left. Rod Steater scored for the Raiders on the play, and both defensive backs got up a little slowly and walked to the sideline.

Cromartie underwent a cursory medical exam on the sideline after the hit but was not administered a concussion test at that time. He went back in the game. With five or six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Cromartie said he got a headache but continued to play.

After the game, Cromartie told the trainers that he had a headache and was given a formal concussion test.

"If I'm cleared to play through the protocol I'll be ready to go," Cromartie said.

Cromartie hasn't played as well as in past years, given a hip injury that has flared up at several points during the season, but the veteran is still by far the team's top corner. Rookie Dee Milliner has struggled on the opposite side of the field, and Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster could be tapped to replace Cromartie in the event he isn't cleared to play.

"So that's the protocol for concussions now, it can go all the way right up to a game-time decision," Ryan said. "Again, I'm not going to say he's going to play or whatever. I know he seems to be doing pretty well."
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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