Ed Reed shocked that Fireman Ed has retired

Ed Reed, who was just acquired by the Ed Reed, who was just acquired by the Jets, warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Nov. 17, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Ed Reed was hoping for the full MetLife Stadium experience this Sunday. There was just one problem.

"We need to be here with that energy flowing from the 12th man," the veteran safety said with a big smile after Wednesday's practice. "And that guy with the hard hat on. Is he still here? I have to meet him. What is his name? I need him getting the whole stadium crunked."

It didn't take long before Reed learned the truth about Fireman Ed -- aka, Ed Anzalone, the retired firefighter who became a fixture at home games leading the "J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!" chant.

"He retired? I can't believe it," said Reed. "We need to bring him out of retirement."

Anzalone -- a Jets fan since 1975 -- made headlines last season after leaving at halftime of the Jets' 49-19 loss to the Patriots on Thursday Night Football -- known best as the "Buttfumble" game. Anzalone deleted his Twitter account and hung up his helmet for good.

 

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Cro hurting

The Jets' suspect secondary has been dealt a potentially serious blow. The team's top cornerback, Antonio Cromartie, could be a game-time decision Sunday against the Dolphins, according to Rex Ryan. Cromartie did not practice Wednesday -- three days after he was forced to leave Sunday's game in Baltimore because of his nagging hip injury. "That's tough to call right now," Rex Ryan said of Cromartie's status. "I hope he does [play]."

 

Jet streams

Defensive end Sheldon Richardson was named the Rookie of the Month for November . . . The Jets promoted TE Chris Pantale to the active roster after placing LB Troy Davis (chest) on IR. The team also re-signed WR Michael Campbell to the practice squad . . . Santonio Holmes (foot, hamstring), Chris Ivory (ankle), Jeremy Kerley (elbow), Nick Mangold (wrist), Garrett McIntyre (knee) and Kellen Winslow Jr. (knee) were limited. Mangold said he expects to play. Dee Milliner (wrist) and Muhammad Wilkerson (wrist) were new additions to the report, but they practiced fully. -- AP

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