Antonio Cromartie bruised lung, ribs

Updated: September 27, 2011, 12:13 PM ET
By Ian Begley and Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets' pride wasn't the only thing wounded in Oakland on Sunday.

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered bruised ribs and lungs during the team's 34-24 loss to the Raiders and quarterback Mark Sanchez suffered a minor break in his nose, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Cromartie was taken after the game to Eden Medical Center for further evaluation to ensure that he was healthy enough to fly back with the team. Coach Rex Ryan said Cromartie is day to day and his status for Sunday's game at Baltimore is uncertain. The coach is hopeful Cromartie can practice on Wednesday.

Sanchez, however, should be able to practice all week and play against Baltimore.

The quarterback absorbed a blow to the face in the third quarter that forced him to wear a clear visor for the remainder of the game. The team says he will wear the visor for a few weeks but will not be limited in practice.

In an interview Monday afternoon on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN 1050, Ryan said Sanchez will practice with the shield and then decide if he wants to wear it on the field against Baltimore.

In other injury news, Ryan confirmed that tight end Jeff Cumberland has been lost for the season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

Cumberland suffered the injury during the second quarter of Sunday's loss.

The second-year pro, who had started to gain an expanded role, had two catches for 35 yards this season.

It is unclear at this point who will replace Cumberland on the roster. According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the Jets elevated Jeff Baker from the practice squad, but Ryan said the team would examine the possibility of adding a tight end.

"We'll see what's out there. There are a couple guys we really like, but they're injured. We'll bring the guys in that we think can help us," Ryan said.

If Cromartie can't play against Baltimore, look for Donald Strickland and Kyle Wilson to have expanded roles.

If Cromartie doesn't suit up, the Jets could be down two of their best players next week. Center Nick Mangold (high-ankle sprain) didn't travel to Oakland. Mangold is improved and there's a chance he could play in Baltimore, a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.

Ryan is unsure if Mangold will practice Wednesday but is hopeful the center can return on Sunday.

"We'll see. He's probably day to day as well," the coach said. "I don't think he'll practice Wednesday, but he seems to be progressing so hopefully we'll have him back."

Ryan also hopes to have Cromartie, who struggled mightily on Sunday. The veteran corner was penalized four times for 46 yards -- two pass interference and two holding calls. Late in the third quarter, with the Jets down by seven points, Cromartie also fumbled a kickoff. The Raiders recovered at the 12, and ended up scoring to take a 31-17 lead. Ryan hinted after Sunday's game that when Cromartie is healthy, his days as a kickoff returner might be over.

The season has been a roller-coaster through three weeks for Cromartie. He allowed two touchdown passes in the season-opening win over the Dallas Cowboys but came back last week with two interceptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars, winning AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Ian Begley and Mike Mazzeo are regular contributors to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini was used in this report.

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