Cromartie's hip injury could be bigger issue

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie could be dealing with a serious recurrence of a hip injury diagnosed in 2008, and could miss Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, Jets coach Rex Ryan said.

“That’s tough to call right now,” Ryan said. “That one truly could be a game-timer. We know he’s had a history. He’s a durable guy, he plays so we’ll see. I hope he does obviously, but we’ll see how he feels.”

Cromartie was not available to comment on the injury after practice, but he was not in pads and didn’t participate.

After the game, Cromartie said this was his old hip injury.

"It's the first time really this season, during my career, that it's bothered me this much except when it happened in 2008," Cromartie said on Sunday. "It's just a point of seeing what's going on with it and go from there."

Dr. William Long, an orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Orthopaedic Computer Surgery Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, does not treat Cromartie but specializes in hip injuries and treats high-level athletes.

Long said that repetitive-use stress fractures can develop in hips, and that they can worsen over time if not completely healed. Pain is a sign that the injury is worsening.

“The big picture is, it represents an escalation,” Long said.

In the absolute worst-case scenario, the bone can actually crack, Long said.

As for a Plan B in case Cromartie is unable to play, Darrin Walls could play opposite Dee Milliner. Kyle Wilson is another option. Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace is their most potent offensive piece. He has underperformed most of the season but had a strong game last week.

“Cro is one of the better corners in the league,” Ryan said. “Obviously we’d make some adjustments, we have some corners, we’re deep but again hopefully we don’t have to find that out.”

Cromartie is expected to talk on Friday and update his condition to the extent that he can.