Antonio Cromartie has head injury

Updated: December 8, 2013, 6:48 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a head injury in a 37-27 win over the visiting Oakland Raiders, the team announced after Sunday's game.

The Jets' starter came out of the game briefly after he collided with safety Ed Reed in the third quarter on a play that led to a 48-yard touchdown for Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater.

"I didn't see Cro until the last second and I'm glad I jumped or else we'd have probably went helmet to helmet," Reed said. "I was breaking on a ball, saw it, and when I realized [Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin had] overthrown the guy in front of me I saw Cro. Come to find out the guy scored on that play, it's crazy. Just glad we came out the win and Cro's all right and I'm all right."

Cromartie was never announced with an injury during the game. He made two tackles late in the fourth quarter.

Last week, Cromartie was a game-time decision with a recurring hip injury. Although he played the entire game against Miami, he was not as effective as he has been. Against the Raiders, he had a tackle and two pass defenses.

If Cromartie's head injury is a concussion, he wouldn't be the first Jet to have one this year and not miss a play. Jeremy Kerley was diagnosed with a concussion after playing the entire game against Tampa Bay in Week 1. The Jets said Kerley passed a concussion test in the locker room after his helmet was knocked off during a play. That Monday, he failed a subsequent test. He missed the Patriots game with the concussion in Week 2.

The Jets are thinner at corner than they have been in other seasons under coach Rex Ryan. The Jets' No. 2 cornerback is rookie Dee Milliner, who has been pulled from three games for poor play. Darrin Walls and Kyle Wilson are the other two options.

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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