Friday, March 21, 2014
Cromartie’s hip not an issue for Cards
By Josh Weinfuss
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Last season wasn't one of Antonio Cromartie's finest because of a lingering hip-flexor strain, yet the cornerback still made the Pro Bowl as an alternate.
When he visited the Arizona Cardinals late last week, the team's medical staff evaluated Cromartie's hip and “felt very good … where he was at physically,” which gave general manager Steve Keim the green light to sign the three-time Pro Bowler.
Cromartie said his hip feels “like I'm 100 percent.” He's cutting, running and “doing everything else” cornerbacks do. During the season, his hips impacted his ability to turn and run with receivers. According to Pro Football Focus, Cromartie allowed an average of 19.1 yards per reception last season but only allowed 53.3 percent of passes to be completed against him.
Before he hopped a flight to Arizona on Thursday, Cromartie did some field work and said he feels “great.”
Keim said he noticed the hip bothering Cromartie on tape around Weeks 8-10. Cromartie said it was clearing up by Weeks 12 and 13.
“I haven't had any problems with it,” Cromartie said.
“I just want to make sure I'm feeling great so I can come out and play at the highest level that I can play at for this organization.”