By Edward Lee
11:43 AM EDT, September 28, 2011
A pair of starters in cornerback Antonio Cromartie and center Nick Mangold won’t practice Wednesday, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday.
Cromartie sustained a bruised lung and ribs in the team’s 34-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders Sunday, and his availability for Sunday night’s contest against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium is up in the air.
“It’s day-to-day,” Ryan said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday morning. “We’ll see how he is. We know he’s improving. But he won’t practice today. But we’re hopeful that he’ll play also.”
Similarly, Mangold will continue to rehabilitate the high right ankle sprain that he suffered in New York’s 32-3 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 18. Mangold did not play against the Raiders, missing his first game since the organization selected him in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft.
“He won’t practice today,” Ryan said. “We’ll see how he progresses. It was a high ankle injury, and that’s basically 10 days ago. That’s an injury that generally takes a while to recoiver from, but Mangold is trying to do whatever he can to play in this game.”
Ryan did say that quarterback Mark Sanchez is expected to play despite a broken nose. This is the latest injury for Sanchez, who bruised his right arm against the Jaguars and suffered a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys.
“If he gets punched in the nose by [Ravens defensive tackle] Haloti [Ngata], I think we’ve got some problems,” Ryan joked. “But I think he’s doing fine. I love this comment though. They say it’s a minor fracture. Now, if you and I had the injury, it’d probably be a little major to us. But it’s a minor because Mark has it. But he’s doing fine. It’s not going to bother him.”
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