FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Antonio Cromartie came out swinging against Roger Goodell and supported his AFC rival in the process.
The Jets cornerback called out the NFL commissioner for "making up his own rules" by suspending Patriots quarterback Tom Brady four games for his alleged involvement in DeflateGate.
"If you look at the rules of anything messing with the football, the maximum fine I think is $25,000. It doesn't say you can go out and suspend anybody," Cromartie said Thursday. "The maximum fine is $25,000. To me, I just feel that he don't deserve the suspension.
" . . . Roger's going outside of everything, outside of the rule and making his own rules up."
The Patriots were also fined $1 million and forced to give up two 2016 draft picks.
Cromartie conceded NFL players gave Goodell "a lot of power" when their union agreed to the new collective-bargaining agreement in 2011. But, he added: "My [frustration] is, if the rules are the rules, you need to keep the rules the same. You can't make your own rules as they go . . . He is getting out of line with some of the things he's done."
Cromartie's teammate -- and ex-Patriot -- Darrelle Revis said he wasn't surprised Goodell upheld the suspension, despite Brady's appeal. Revis highlighted the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the child-abuse case involving Adrian Peterson as perfect examples. "Roger gives his ruling for a suspension, and usually they won't get overturned. He gives his suspensions out and that's it."
But Cromartie insisted the Brady punishment was far too stiff. "There is no part of me that feels a player should be suspended for something that he shouldn't be suspended for, and that he should only receive a fine for," he said. "I want to see New England at their best. Even though we don't play them until Week 6 . . . I want them to be full strength and not have any excuses anyway."
The NFL is also expected to hand down additional punishment for Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who was charged with resisting arrest and other traffic violations in Missouri last month. Richardson, 24, already is suspended for the first four games of the season for failing a second drug test. But, surprisingly, Cromartie believes the Richardson situation will be "handled the right way."
"Prayer. That's it," he said.
Allen hurts Achilles
Cornerback Antonio Allen injured his Achilles tendon late in practice, but coach Todd Bowles didn't know the severity of the injury. Allen fell to the ground after suffering the noncontact injury and was helped off by trainers . . . Muhammad Wilkerson (tight hamstring) did not practice for a second straight day.