FLORHAM PARK, New Jersey — The New York Jets might be without their top cornerback against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Antonio Cromartie was listed as questionable on the team's injury report Friday after hyperextending a knee during practice Thursday. Coach Rex Ryan announced that the cornerback will be a game-time decision Sunday.
Cromartie was injured when he tried to change direction on a goal-line drill during the portion of practice the media aren't permitted to watch.
"His knee gave and he went straight down," Ryan said. "My initial reaction obviously wasn't good. You're thinking, 'Oh, great.'"
Cromartie had an MRI exam, which revealed the nature of the injury — and relieved initial fears that it might have been worse.
"To be honest with you," Ryan said, "it was one of those hold-your-breath type deals."
It was unclear which knee it was, but Ryan said he believed it was the opposite of the one Cromartie injured while in college at Florida State, which was the left. Ryan said he and his staff will lean on the trainers to determine whether Cromartie, who routinely takes on teams' top receivers, will be able to play Sunday.
If Cromartie can't go, Kyle Wilson and Darrin Walls would fill in while Isaiah Trufant would take over Wilson's usual nickel spot.
"We just have to come together and jell as a unit if that's the case, or whatever happens," safety Dawan Landry said. "We have to make sure we just communicate. We have guy who have played multiple games, and we're comfortable with whoever's out there."
Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner, the No. 9 overall pick in April, will not be in the mix against the Steelers. He will miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury.
"I won't say I'm very frustrated because injuries are going to occur," Milliner said. "I wish I was out there on the field. I wish I was out there playing."
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes was also ruled out for Sunday, as expected, as he recovers from a hamstring injury that occurred in New York's loss at Tennessee two weeks ago.
Tight end Kellen Winslow had initially been listed as doubtful on the team's injury report while dealing with an ailing right knee, a few hours before the NFL announced he had been suspended four games without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Rookie tackle Oday Aboushi is questionable after returning to practice on a limited basis this week after dislocating his right knee last month.