Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie pulled himself out of their 24-6 victory over Miami Monday night at MetLife Stadium because of a groin injury. But after the game, he said the injury is not serious and it was just a precautionary move.
"We were ahead, and I didn't want to take any chances," Cromartie said.
His presence is vital to the Jets when they faced San Diego's high-powered passing attack at home on Sunday, and as a former Charger, it's important to Cromartie to go against his former team. Cromartie laughed when he first was asked about his health going into the next game.
"I've got no choice but to be all right," he said. "It's San Diego. It's going to be fun."
If facing Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd is his idea of fun, then, Cromartie should have a blast. "I know their entire offense," Cromartie said. Referring to head coach Norv Turner, he added, "I know what Norv wants to do."
Cromartie often is the top target for opposing offenses because All-Pro shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis is on the other side of the field. But Miami chose to go at Revis with wideout Brandon Marshall. Revis gave up a few catches but also had two interceptions, including a 100-yard TD return.
"They wanted to get Marshall going," Cromartie said. "It opens up a lot of stuff for them. But Revis made a heck of a play, especially with the run after the catch."