Jets' Antonio Cromartie diagnosed with sprained knee

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets received encouraging medical news Monday concerning cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who avoided a season-ending knee injury.

An MRI of Cromartie's left knee revealed a sprain, not a torn ACL, according to the team. He's listed as week-to-week and hasn't been ruled out of next Monday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Jets also announced that rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, who suffered a concussion Sunday after a frightening pileup, was released from the hospital. There was no immediate word on when Mauldin will be able to play again.

Mauldin said in a tweet Monday afternoon that he would be fine.

In the aftermath of their season-opening 31-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Jets feared that Cromartie had suffered ligament damage after a non-contact injury in the second quarter. He was in such pain that he needed two trainers to help him off the field. After a brief examination on the sideline, he was carted for the locker room.

Cromartie was injured on a Johnny Manziel scramble, but he was about 20 yards away from the quarterback. Manziel ran to the right; Cromartie was covering a receiver on the left side of the field. His knee apparently buckled or twisted, and he crumpled to the turf.

Losing Cromartie for the season would have been a major setback for a team that devoted significant resources to upgrading its secondary. The Jets doled out $150 million in contracts last offseason, with Cromartie and Darrelle Revis -- reunited after a two-year separation -- the centerpieces of the rebuilding project.

Cromartie, 31, is one of the most durable players in the league, never having missed a game due to an injury. He missed his final year at Florida State (2005) due to a torn ACL in the same knee.

On Sunday, he was replaced by Marcus Williams, who responded with an interception and three pass breakups.

Mauldin gave the Jets a scare, going down in the fourth quarter when his head got pinned beneath a pile of bodies. He rose to his feet but wobbled and collapsed to the turf. Players said he was unconscious. The training staff and emergency medical personnel moved him carefully to a spinal board, and an ambulance transported him to a local hospital.

About two hours after the game, the Jets announced that Mauldin had a concussion and that he was awake and had feeling in his extremities.

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