Everything is going right for the New York Jets, right? They have a winning record (3-2), Geno Smith is looking like a respectable quarterback in the NFL, and nothing can go wrong? Nope, this would not be the Jets without a minor to possibly major setback. The Jets’ no. 1 cornerback Antonio Cromartie was injured during practice, resulting in a non-contact knee injury.
The Jets cannot afford to be without Cromartie for an extended period of time. He was listed as a limited participant in practice on the Jets’ injury report and now we await the MRI exam results. If the Jets do have to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday without Cromartie, they will be missing his experience as their overall cover on opposing offenses top wide receivers.
His numbers for the season so far don’t speak much of what he brings to the team, but without him, the Jets will have to depend on 2010 first-round pick Kyle Wilson and Darrin Walls. The Jets can also hope that the injury that has plagued Dee Milliner (hamstring) is able to let him play on Sunday.
Walls has actually had the better stats for this group possible starters as he leads the team with four passes defended and has a total of 11 tackles. Wilson has one pass defended and 10 tackles. If that is what the Jets will be playing with on Sunday, their front seven will have to get to Ben Roethlisberger as if he is an actual burger.
The Muhammad Wilkersons and Sheldon Richardsons of the world will have to play as if they Jets are playing in the NFL playoffs. Will the absence of Cromartie equal a Jets lost this Sunday?