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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie says he will be ready to go if he is called on by the team. 

Cromartie spoke with Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon on SNY's Jet Stream Podcast, where he said he is in NFL shape and would be ready to play if called upon. 

"Listen, if they gave me a call, I'd be ready to go," Cromartie said. "I'm still here in Jersey, so I'm training my behind off, and I'm just waiting on the opportunity."

"If they called me, I'm there. Hands down."

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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones warms up before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports Images)
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones warms up before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports Images)

Free agent CB Adam Jones has agreed to a three-year deal to return to the Bengals, reports Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports (Mar. 9).

It was reported on Thursday by Manish Mehta of the Daily News that the Jets were out of the running for Jones.

Jones, 32, has recorded three interceptions in each of the last three seasons for the Bengals and has also handled punt return duties for Cincinnati. 

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Darrelle Revis, Jeremy Kerley
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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

NFL free agency begins next week. Will the Jets release more players in an effort clear some more room? Will they be as active as they were a year ago? Who needs to get restructured contracts? What will happen with Ryan Fitzpatrick? As we already looked at highly unlikely outcomes and uncertain outcomes, we now look at some highly likely outcomes that the Jets face.

Signing Ryan Fitzpatrick

It is no secret the Jets and Fitzpatrick will get a deal done. The only thing left undetermined is the structure of the deal. Dom Cosentino suggests that the Eagles deal with Sam Bradford might be a template for Fitzpatrick.

I'd look for something aligned with Nick Foles' August 2015 contract with the Rams. Expect the Jets to create a deal which pays Fitzpatrick close to $12 million in 2016 and might guarantee as much as $15 million, but which includes an opt-out clause for Fitzpatrick if he hits certain playing incentives, likely close to what he accomplished in 2015.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Bilal Powell, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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With the news a few weeks ago that the 2016 NFL salary cap would be $155 million, it appears there might be a little extra room in the budget this season now that the Jets have cut Antonio Cromartie.

While the Jets might be modest players in free agency, they still have three big hurdles to clear before they can offer any contracts to prospective free agents. First, they need to come to terms with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Second, they need to either sign or franchise Muhammad Wilkerson. Third, they have some more cap cleanup moves yet to come, be that restructuring D'Brickashaw Ferguson, cutting Breno Giacomini and/or clearing out a few other players like Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland.

How should the Jets spend the extra cap space? Here's some suggestions, and feel free to add your own in the comments.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Breno Giacomini, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jeff Cumberland, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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Jeane Coakley catches up with Jets head coach Todd Bowles to discuss the NFL scouting combine and New York's offseason.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles knew the team had to cut Antonio Cromartie this offseason.

"He's gotten a little older and I thought a decision had to made there," Bowles said.

The Jets will save $8 million after releasing Cromartie, with no dead cap money included (Feb. 22)

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A general view of the defensive linemen going through drills during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock)
A general view of the defensive linemen going through drills during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock)

Former Jets special teams coach and SNY analyst Mike Westhoff is out at the NFL Combine this week. He answered a few questions about the combine process and what the Jets need to focus on heading into the 2016 season…

On the Jets cutting Antonio Cromartie:

"It probably has as much to do with the financial end of it, more than anything else. I hope that he would be a guy that they can work on a new contract with. I think he has some mileage left.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Jeremy Kerley, Nick Folk, Ryan Quigley, Tanner Purdum, Andrew Vazzano
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Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke at the NFL Combine on Wednesday and said…

  • "There's a chance" that Antonio Cromartie comes back to the Jets and cutting him was a "hard decision."
  • The team has not decided if it will put the franchise tag on Muhammad Wilkerson.
  • The Jets are "working on" re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick.
  • Geno Smith is currently the team's plan for backup quarterback.
  • "I think we need help everywhere," Bowles said. "We know we're an older team. We want to get younger at almost every position."
  • Dee Milliner is in the competition for a starting cornerback job.
  • Bowles said there was a "disconnect" between him and fired special teams coach Bobby April. Said new ST coach Brant Boyer "has a lot of fire."
Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Dee Milliner, Geno Smith, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Jets have released CB Antonio Cromartie, the team announced (Feb. 22).

The Jets will save $8 million after releasing Cromartie, with no dead cap money included (Feb. 22)

Cromartie, 31, played with the Jets from 2010 to 2013 and again in 2015.

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SNY's Erik Coleman is out in California for Super Bowl 50. In this Q&A, he talked about the Broncos vs. Panthers, playing while injured, what the Jets need to do with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Muhammad Wilkerson, the team's secondary and more...

On Super Bowl 50…

Everyone is talking about Peyton Manning -- is this going to be his last game? I think that Peyton is in a place where if he wins this Super Bowl, it's going to be his last game. But if he feels good, and loses, he's going to come back out again. One rumor is that the LA Rams want him, at least for one year. If they can have him start that franchise in Los Angeles, that would be huge for them.

They're also talking about Cam Newton, and a lot about the defenses. The two defenses have been playing very good football. How are they going to play? How are those matchups going to line up?

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Damon Harrison, Darrelle Revis, Marcus Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley (4) (William Hauser)
New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley (4) (William Hauser)

It perhaps wasn't a surprise that the Jets would have two costly special teams breakdowns in their biggest game of the year. Ryan Quigley's 21-yard shank from his own end zone set up the Bills' opening score as the Jets trailed from that point onwards.

This was compounded when Randy Bullock missed a 40-yard field goal with the Jets already trailing 13-0.

It's difficult to be too harsh on the team for individual mistakes by their punter and replacement kicker, because the main complaints against the special teams unit has been the personnel filling out each of the special teams units rather than the specialists themselves.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Dexter McDougle, Jeremy Kerley, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Williams, Nick Folk, Rontez Miles, Ryan Quigley
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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) knocks Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) out of bounds after a run during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) knocks Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) out of bounds after a run during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Bills exposed a flaw in the Jets' gameplan by completing so many underneath passes to Sammy Watkins. The Jets left Darrelle Revis in single coverage and he consistently gave Watkins too much of a cushion. Watkins ended up with 11 catches for 138 yards on just 15 targets. While Revis wasn't to blame for all of that yardage because there were situations where they were in zone, he still lost that matchup more than he won it.

This highlights a problem with Revis about which I discussed my concerns a few weeks ago: The Jets are paying Revis to cover number one receivers one-on-one and if he can't handle those assignments almost flawlessly, the whole defense falls apart but if you give him a more conventional role, what exactly are you getting for your money?

They could have played even more zone or given him safety support, but the idea behind keeping him in one-on-one assignments is that it enables the Jets to blitz and hopefully gives some of their best pass rushers a one-on-one of their own. This gameplan would have worked against Rex Ryan while he was with the Jets, but Tyrod Taylor is much more adept at taking what the defense gives him than the quarterbacks Ryan had and the Bills also left extra blockers in the game quite a lot to help mitigate the pressure.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Calvin Pryor, Darrelle Revis, Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle, Marcus Gilchrist, Rontez Miles
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Many Jets fans were disappointed that Darrelle Revis spent a year in New England but maybe he is benefiting from having spent that time regularly intercepting Tom Brady in practice. It's good to see him go out of his way to develop some "reserve-chemistry" with the Jets' primary rival.

Revis' third quarter interception was the third time he's intercepted Brady in an NFL game and hopefully won't be the last. Other than that play, Revis wasn't tested much. He was in good position on one deep ball and the only first down he gave up was because he dropped right off, perhaps concerned that Lorenzo Mauldin was about to be burned on a wheel route.

On the other side, Antonio Cromartie also wasn't tested much, as Brady mostly tried to pick apart the Jets underneath. However, he did give up a big third-down conversion on a pass over the top to Rob Gronkowski. He was also driven 10 yards back by Gronkowski on one running play. He was in a good position on one other incompletion.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Darrelle Revis, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

During the week, Jets special teams coordinator Bobby April vowed that there would be changes on the unit. Whatever the changes were, they seemed to work. What were the changes, though? It's not immediately apparent.

There were no lineup changes other than the fact that Kenbrell Thompkins was deactivated for Darrelle Revis. And it's not like Thompkins was involved in any of the breakdowns last week. I didn't see any other obvious personnel changes, so maybe they did something subtle with their scheme.

The performance on the kickoff coverage unit stood out. On seven kickoffs, Randy Bullock had four touchbacks and the Jets stopped the Titans inside the 20 on the other three. On those plays, Quincy Enunwa in particular was doing an excellent job of getting downfield.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Darrelle Revis, Darrin Walls, Dee Milliner, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, Quincy Enunwa, Ronald Martin, Rontez Miles
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(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Buster Skrine finally made his first interception as a Jet -- I told you he was due -- showing good instincts as he was supposed to blitz, but read the screen and dropped back to pick it off. He also made a good return into Titans territory to set up a field goal.

The interception capped off an excellent first half from Skrine, who was in good position on two other completions, made an open-field tackle to force a punt and made a tackle for loss on a read-option play. He did give up one first down and it would have been two if not for a drop.

In the second half, however, Skrine was beaten for five more first downs. To an extent, some of this damage was done because the Jets were playing a more conservative prevent-style defense. In fact, three of these came on consecutive snaps on the Titans' last drive. Although none of the negatives from the second half were especially important, he ultimately won't grade out well despite the fact the contributions he made in the first half helped the Jets build an unassailable lead.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Darrelle Revis, Marcus Williams
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 (Jeff Haynes/AP)
(Jeff Haynes/AP)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media after practice on Thursday. Here are five things we learned...

1.) CB Darrelle Revis (concussion) returned to practice on a limited basis. Bowles said Revis is progressing but still needs to be cleared by doctors.

2.) S Marcus Williams and LB Calvin Pace were both limited during practice.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Calvin Pace, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Marcus Williams, Brian Bassett
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Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor (25) in his game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won, 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor (25) in his game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won, 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

While it was the fourth down interception by Rontez Miles that will be remembered as perhaps the biggest defensive play of Sunday's game, it's possible the one Calvin Pryor made just before half time was even bigger.

Odell Beckham looked set to come down with a touchdown catch that would have given the Giants a 24-10 lead, but Pryor was able to come over and knock the ball loose, forcing the Giants to settle for a field goal. Remember, the Jets won 23-20 in overtime, so 24-10 might have been an insurmountable deficit.

Pryor also batted a pass into the air, which might have been a pick-six if it bounced a little more kindly for him. He did miss a tackle and got blocked out on a screen pass, though. In addition, it seemed like he might have at least partially been at fault for a mix-up in zone defense that saw Will Tye left uncovered for a big play. Even so, Pryor has continued to be a lot more consistent this year, while also sprinkling in some impact plays.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Rontez Miles
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Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) catches a touchdown pass as Washington Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon (41) defends in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) catches a touchdown pass as Washington Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon (41) defends in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

With cornerback Darrelle Revis still in concussion protocol and fellow defensive back Marcus Williams week-to-week with a sprained MCL, the Jets' secondary will have to figure out exactly how to cover Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Playing in just his second pro season, Beckham has torched opponents again, ranking fourth in receiving yards (1,005) and in a tie for second in receiving touchdowns (nine). He has four consecutive 100-yard games, including last week, when he hauled in a highlight-reel, diving, one-handed touchdown against the Redskins.

"I still feel like there's still so much room for him to grow," said Antonio Cromartie, who earlier this year called Beckham a "one-year wonder" (Oct. 15). "He's a young, athletic guy that can go out and make plays, and make unbelievable catches. He's proven that over and over."

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Darrelle Revis, Marcus Williams, Odell Beckham Jr., Matthew Eisenberg
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New York Jets cornerback Darrin Walls (26) breaks up a pass intended for Miami Dolphins running back Damien Williams (34) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Jets cornerback Darrin Walls (26) breaks up a pass intended for Miami Dolphins running back Damien Williams (34) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Last week, I was wondering whether Darrelle Revis was worth the money the Jets were paying him because if he's not always going to handle the zero-coverage assignments the Jets give him and they don't benefit greatly from the traps, one-on-ones and blitzes that this enables, they might be better off just employing a more conventional gameplan in the secondary.

In yesterday's game, they were effectively forced to make that move anyway with Revis out (and especially after Marcus Williams left with a knee injury).

Williams had come up big with his fifth interception of the season as Miami looked to complete a pass near the Jets' goal line with no score in the first quarter. He jumped the route well as Tannehill threw late due to pressure. I really hope the knee injury Williams suffered came on the tackle after he made his return and not the celebratory dance he performed afterwards.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Calvin Pryor, Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams
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 (Bill Kostroun)
(Bill Kostroun)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles is not optimistic that CB Antonio Cromartie (quadricep) and G Willie Colon (knee) will be able to play on Thursday night against Buffalo (Jets, Nov. 10).

Colon was unable to play on Sunday during the Jets win over Jacksonville due to his knee injury.

Cromartie suffered an injury to his left thigh on Sunday that caused him to depart the game in the fourth quarter. He was unable to return.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Willie Colon

 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

Jets safety Calvin Pryor, out with an ankle sprain, and cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who is battling a quad injury, did not practice on Monday in advance of Thursday's game against the Bills.

Center Nick Mangold, who is battling a neck injury, wide receivers Eric Decker (knee) and Brandon Marshall, cornerback Buster Skrine (shoulder/hand) and running back Bilal Powell (ankle) were all limited in Monday's practice.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who tore a ligament in his left thumb in the Jets' Week 8 loss to the Raiders, was a full participant on Monday. Running backs Chris Ivory (hamstring) and Stevan Ridley, who is still recovering from a torn ACL last season, were also full participants.

Bills running back LeSean McCoy (shoulder) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) did not practice on Monday and wide receiver Sammy Watkins was limited with an ankle injury.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Calvin Pryor

For the New York Jets, 2013 wasn't pretty from a salary cap perspective. The team had over $20 million in dead money for just five players. But after some austerity measures in the first year under John Idzik's direction, the outlook for the team's cap outlook seems much improved. After just one season under Idzik, the team was able to eke out?a small amount of cap carryover from 2013 despite taking a $13 million dead money hit for Darrelle Revis.

As we enter 2014, the Jets enter the new league year with what is (for now) the lowest value of "dead money" in the entire league according to Kevin Seifert and ESPN's Roster Management System.

According to the RMS, the Jets have just $48,958 in dead money as of the start of this week. Compare that to the Panthers who have a $17 million dead money charge, mostly due to trading Jon Beason.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, jets, Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, NYJets, salary cap, santonio holmes, Brian Bassett
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Over the weekend, Antonio Cromartie joined CBS Sports That Other Pregame Show and spoke about playing for Rex Ryan, playing with rookie Dee Milliner and what his future with the Jets might be. When asked about the Jets, Cromartie told the CBS Sports crew the following:

"I don't know. My biggest thing is to make sure that I'm healthy for anything that ... happens. I just want to take care of myself. Like I tell everyone else, I always want to be a Jet, and I want to retire a Jet. That's my stand, and that's how I'm going to keep it."
See the video here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n89PdPpZTqw

Tags: jets, New York Jets, [NJ.com] - WATCH: Antonio Cromartie on his contract situation: 'I don't know', NYJets, Brian Bassett
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Antonio Cromartie who discusses his health going into Sunday's game in Carolina.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31266595

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Antonio Cromartie talks about his teammate, rookie quarterback Geno Smith and the status of the Jets.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31257005

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Geno Smith, NYJets, Brian Bassett

With the Jets on the bye, we thought it would be a good time to look ahead at the Jets upcoming offseason and get an early look at what we can expect in terms of direction and plans. ?In the NFL, the salary cap drives those plans and there's no better person to talk to than Jason Fitzgerald from OverTheCap.com. ?Jason started tracking the Jets cap in 2008 and turned NYJetsCap.com into a respected portrayal of the Jets cap. ?Eventually Jason decided to cover the entire AFC East and then the entire NFL last year under the banner of Over The Cap.

We asked Jason some questions about how the team is faring under John Idzik and what lies ahead in this two part article. First up, how do we grade the 2013 offseason and how much space can the Jets expect to spend on free agents?

TJB: Since there's not much left to do when it comes to the Jets current cap year, how do you think new GM John Idzik did in navigating his first offseason?

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Austin Howard, cap, cap space, Jets salary cap, John Idzik, Mark Sanchez, Muhammad Wilkerson, nfl, Nick Folk, Opinion, salary cap, santonio holmes, Brian Bassett
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Antonio Cromartie and Nick Bellore aren't the only two-way players on the Jets. ?With Darrelle Revis out for Sunday's game and Isaiah Trufant questionable, Joe McKnight might take some snaps against the Steelers Sunday. ?The?Daily News reported that McKnight practiced at cornerback?throughout the week and that?the running back also met with defensive coaches to study the team?s defensive game plan.

McKnight of course is the Jets special teams standout and had lost out as the team's third-down back role to Bilal Powell in the preseason. ?When McKnight was recruited at the college level, some coaches wanted him to play defensive back, and ?according to Sporting News, he might have been great.

... several coaches recruiting McKnight (namely Ole Miss, according to Bruce Feldman?s book, ?Meat Market?) thought McKnight could have been a Pro Bowl cornerback if he stayed on the defensive side of the ball.
So while McKnight might have the raw skills to play corner, it's not as if he's done much of it ... so how could this work for the Jets?

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Buzz, cornerback, Darrelle Revis, isaiah trufant, jets, joe mcknight, Links, New York Jets, News, Ny Jets, Editorial Aside, Rex Ryan, Brian Bassett
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While Darrelle Revis was cleared for some physical activity yesterday, today Revis ride the?exercise?bike during practice. ?It's still unknown as to whether or not Revis will play come Sunday, but Rex Ryan told the press that they have set a deadline for when they would make the call on their star cornerback's availability.

"By Saturday, we'd better know something, whether he's going [to play against Pittsburgh] or not," Ryan told reporters. ?"This coach would never put a player out on the field if there's a higher risk of him getting injured. There's no way in heck I'd do it."

On what Revis's threshhold for playing or not playing, Rex was absolute, "if he's not 100 percent, Darrelle won't play" Ryan said. "It's as simple as that."

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Buzz, Concussion, Darrelle Revis, Ellis Lankster, Injury, Kyle Wilson, Links, News, steelers, Brian Bassett
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