On Thursday, Cromartie said he first experienced symptoms, a headache, in the fourth quarter but did not alert members of the team’s medical staff. On Thursday, he practiced in a limited capacity, wearing a red jersey and not taking part in any contact drills.
On Friday, he was not present at any point during the part of practice open to the media.
Given that the Jets are playing against a pass-capable offense led by Cam Newton, the team could use its best cornerback on the field. If Cromartie can’t go, Jets coach Rex Ryan has said Darrin Walls or Ellis Lankster would play opposite rookie Dee Milliner.
The only other player who appeared to miss was WR Stephen Hill, who rode the stationary bike during individual drills. Ryan has said Hlll’s knee is not getting better, and he didn’t play last week.
Safety Ed Reed and TE Kellen Winslow, who both got a day of rest during the practice week, were both practicing on Friday.
While it remains unclear if he will play in Week 15, it's a positive sign in his recovery.
Left tackle Nate Solder (concussion) practiced for the second consecutive day, though his official status for Sunday is not yet known.
The Patriots once again practiced indoors in an effort to acclimate to warmer temperatures, as it is expected to be in the 80s this Sunday in Miami.
The team practiced in shells and helmets for the third straight day.
Wide receiver Josh Boyce, quarterback Ryan Mallett, defensive tackle Marcus Forston and defensive back Kanorris Davis wore black uniforms as the practice players of the week for Week 14.
An official practice report with game statuses for the injured players will be released later this afternoon.
A second team source said prior to team practice that Pierre-Paul is "likely" to follow the advice of the medical personnel, but declined to offer specifics about the advice.
Pierre-Paul suffered the injury against Oakland on Nov. 10 but played in the next two games (against Green Bay and Dallas). He was on the field for less than half of the defensive plays against the Cowboys.
Pierre-Paul rode an exercise bike on the sideline during the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media. Afterward he said his shoulder is "getting better, day by day." But when asked about his status for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, he responded, "I don't know yet."
It's been a disappointing season for Pierre-Paul, who has just two sacks, two years removed from finishing fourth in the league with 16.5. The Giants are second-to-last in sacks with 25, behind only the Jacksonville Jaguars (23).
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons starting safety Thomas DeCoud is out for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins with a concussion, coach Mike Smith told 790 the Zone radio, an ESPN affiliate.
With DeCoud sidelined, rookie Zeke Motta from Notre Dame will start at free safety. Motta replaced DeCoud in Green Bay and responded with 10 tackles. Motta continues to play with a cast on his right hand after breaking a finger.
Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan believes Motta is a capable replacement, based on last week's performance.
"I thought he did a good job with the so-called 'live bullets,'" Nolan said. "It wasn't too big for him. He didn't get all starry-eyed. He was good. He had blood all over his face. I don't know what busted open on him, but he was hitting people and doing a real good job."
Motta's coverage skills will be tested Sunday.
Webster suffered a right thumb injury in the Broncos' 27-20 loss and will have surgery Friday to repair it. Webster played with the thumb wrapped beneath the glove he was wearing but had one of the Broncos' trainers look at the thumb several times during the game.
Webster said he thought he would "be all right, I'll get back in there.''
The rookie cornerback is expected to miss the game in Houston against the Texans a week from Sunday but could be back for the regular-season finale against the Oakland Raiders. He would wear a cast on the hand should he play against the Raiders and in the postseason as expected.
It was a difficult night overall for Webster. He was repeatedly targeted by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and has been increasingly in the crosshairs overall in recent weeks.
"I've got to work on my technique, continue to get better, keep coming to work to get better,'' Webster said. " … If they feel like that's where they want to go, I've got to put myself in a position to make the best play. I want them to keep coming after me; that's just making me better week in and week out.''
Webster also was caught on the field in the third quarter when the Broncos were assessed, after a replay challenge by Chargers coach Mike McCoy, a 12-men-on-the-field penalty.
"I was trying to go substitute for Quentin Jammer and got caught on the field,'' Webster said. "I've got to learn from my mistakes.''
All the 49ers need is for left guard Mike Iupati to stay on course to play. He has missed the past three games with a sprained knee, and this week has been limited in practice. Although he will likely be listed Friday as questionable, Iupati has a strong chance to play Sunday.
San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman was well aware that the 49ers haven’t had all 11 starters on the field together.
“You can’t blink,” he said. “It’s not ideal, but you just have to deal with it.”
At least, the 49ers -- who saw all 53 players practice Thursday -- are getting healthy at the right time.
“That’s how I look at it,” Roman said.
The primary reason the 49ers have been without their starting 11 is because star receiver Michael Crabtree missed the first 11 games of because of an Achilles injury. He has been limited this week with an ankle injury, an injury Roman said is unrelated to the Achilles. Crabtree looked fine during the time the media watched practice Thursday.
Crabtree is averaging 47 snaps in his two games this season; last season he averaged 40 snaps a game. Still, Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis told reporters this week it is clear Crabtree is still working his way back.
“Sometimes you can kind of see him favoring that Achilles, and I don't even know which Achilles it is, but you can kind of see him hobbling around out there, here and there on plays,” Revis said.
At this point, the 49ers will take anything they can get from Crabtree and the other starters.
Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (back) returned to practice on a limited basis. Defensive lineman Glenn Foster (knee) remained limited. And offensive tackle Terron Armstead (nose) returned to full participation.
If Bunkley is able to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, the Saints would have all 22 projected starters available.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In front of a semicircle of camera operators and reporters surrounding his locker on Thursday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers answered five minutes worth of questions about his collarbone injury.
The queries came rapid-fire:
What was your level of pain this week?
Are you holding out hope to play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys?
When will you have another scan?
How frustrating has this process been?
Are you surprised by the day-to-day coverage of your injury?
On and on it went until every possible way to ask him when he will be back on the field had been exhausted.
But not one of the questioners asked anything about how well Rodgers thinks he will perform whenever he returns -- whether it's this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, the next Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers or in 2014.
Before Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin sacked Rodgers and put him into the ground left-shoulder first on Nov. 4, Rodgers had been doing the things he had always done.
But is it reasonable to expect that to continue after the longest layoff of his career as a starter, which dates to the beginning of the 2008 season?
Before this injury, Rodgers had missed only two starts -- one in 2010 because of a concussion and one in 2011 when he was rested in a meaningless Week 17 game.
“We've been around long enough that, when he comes back, we expect him to be the way he's been,” Packers receiver Jordy Nelson said Thursday, standing across the locker room from where the masses were waiting for Rodgers. “I don't think the situation is, ‘How is he going to play?' It's, ‘What can he take as far as hits?'
“Any player with a broken bone, yeah, you might be able to do some stuff, but until you take that blow, there's only one way to find out. We have to make sure that all the scans are right, and him and the doctors will take care of that.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy put it a little more succinctly after watching Rodgers practice on Thursday.
“He's Aaron Rodgers,” McCarthy said. “The thing you appreciate is my man can throw the football. He throws the heck out of it. It's good to have him out there.”
Rodgers said Thursday that he would need to practice more on Friday in order to play against the Cowboys.
But that's likely for medical purposes and to become familiar with the game plan -- not because Rodgers needs the work.
“You know, in teams reps I haven't seen any rust,” Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo said. “He's been working in the individuals with us for a few weeks now, so I haven't seen any at this point.
“He's been in the offense forever, and the offense is built around him, and we don't anticipate any problems if he were to go.”
Perhaps that's why it's not even worth questioning.
More will be known about Austin's status on Friday, when the team has its final practice of the week before Sunday's game against New Orleans.
Also missing practice for the second day in a row were cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back) and running back Daryl Richardson (thigh). Guard Harvey Dahl (knee) joined that group on the not practicing list.
Cornerback Brandon McGee (foot) returned to practice as a full participant.
He went from being limited in practice Wednesday to not practicing at all Thursday. Not practicing Thursday makes me think Toler won't play against the Texans because he said at the start of the week that he needed to get through full week of practice and also be 100 percent healthy before returning to the lineup.
That obviously didn't happen.
It has gotten to the point that the Colts should think about shutting Toler down for the rest of the season. This groin injury is about to head into the eighth week when you count the bye week.
Coach Chuck Pagano said a couple of weeks ago that they didn't plan on shutting Toler down. It'll be interesting to see if he still feels the same way when he addresses the media Friday.
The Colts will only have two regular-season games remaining after facing the Texans. They play at Kansas City on Dec. 22. I wouldn't be surprised if Toler misses that game, too. He talked last week about how freezing temperatures impact his groin because it's difficult to keep it warm while on the sidelines.
The Colts could use Toler's help in the secondary. They have given up an average of 31 points and 401 yards per game in the past seven games. Pagano has already changed the lineup by putting Darrius Butler in for Cassius Vaughn, who had been starting for Toler.
But at some point you have to throw in the towel and just call it quits for the season with Toler.
Cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) and receiver Percy Harvin (hip) did not practice. Carroll already said Browner will not play Sunday, and he said Harvin was "week-to-week" until he returns to practice.
Running back Marshawn Lynch, cornerback Richard Sherman, receiver Doug Baldwin, defensive end Chris Clemons and linebacker Mike Morgan all returned to practice after sitting out on Wednesday.
Those days off of practice for veteran players – in the past for LaDainian Tomlinson and LaRon Landry – are a staple of Ryan’s maintenance plan, and he sometimes likens it to having players on a pitch count.
“Sometimes you’ve got to give Nolan Ryan a break,” Reed said with a smile.
Reed actually said he didn’t like the idea of sitting out a practice, just because he is used to getting those reps, but that he understood the reasoning behind it.
“Personally I don’t really get into it as much,” Reed said. “I know it’s needed, you have to be smart when you get into the latter part of your years or you've had injuries or anything.”
Did not participate: WR Stephen Hill (knee), S Ed Reed (not injury related).
Limited participation: CB Antonio Cromartie (hip, concussion), WR Santonio Holmes (foot, hamstring), TE Kellen Winslow (knee).
Full participation: LB DeMario Davis (thumb), DT Kenrick Ellis (back), WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow), LB Garrett McIntyre (knee), WR David Nelson (ribs), WR Greg Salas (finger), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (wrist).
Did not participate: LB Jordan Senn (hamstring, illness), RB Jonathan Stewart (knee)
Limited participation: TE Greg Olsen (foot)
Full participation: T Nate Chandler (elbow), DT Dwan Edwards (not injury related), T Jordan Gross (not injury related), G Chris Scott (knee), G Travelle Wharton (not injury related).
It would hurt the Chiefs the most in the kicking game. McCluster has returned two punts for touchdowns this season, including a 74-yarder against the Washington Redskins. He has returned all 54 punts for the Chiefs and has all of their seven fair catches.
The Chiefs have no obvious candidate on their active roster to replace him. They claimed Kyle Williams off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers earlier in the season, but he injured a knee after playing in only one game and is out for the season.
Chad Hall returned a few punts for Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles a couple of seasons ago, but the Chiefs released Hall last week.
Without McCluster, the Chiefs had a collection of practice squad players shagging punts Thursday. The most obvious choice among them is rookie Frankie Hammond Jr. He did a decent job returning punts in the preseason.
"I’m going to try and go out with the guys, get some work in," Dumervil said. "We’ve got a good team in Detroit, so I have to make sure I’m ready."
"It's definitely gotten better," Dumervil said. "The strength is getting there. Just working man, trying to continue to work on my conditioning and really strengthen that ankle to get me to a point where I can tolerate it."
Dumervil injured his ankle Nov. 28 in a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but returned to finish the game. He described it as "an unusual ankle sprain."
"It's sort of a bruise [and] strain," Dumervil said. "That's why it's kind of awkward. You feel things from different areas, but I'm getting better."
Here's the complete injury report for the Ravens:
Did not practice: LB Elvis Dumervil (ankle)
Limited participation: S Brynden Trawick (ankle), CB Lardarius Webb (abs).
There is also concern about the risk of returning a player too quickly and suffering more significant damage, even from noncontact stresses such as planting and pivoting on the foot. According to ESPN.com's Ben Goessling, Peterson, who began the week wearing a walking boot, is now out of the boot but has been limited to exercising in a pool.
Toby Gerhart, who stepped in for the injured Peterson on Sunday but sustained an injury of his own, has been held out of practice due to a strained hamstring. Both players will attempt to return to practice in some capacity Friday, but Goessling notes that coach Leslie Frazier sounded more optimistic about Gerhart's chances than Peterson's. Given Peterson's initial reaction following the injury, his description of feeling his foot "pop a couple of times" and the location of the injury, all coupled with the fact he is still listed on the injury report with a groin ailment (as he has been for several weeks), it seems unlikely he will be unequivocally ready to play Sunday.
But this is Adrian Peterson, and assumptions when it comes to recovery and performance do not always apply. There should be more clarity with regard to his status by Friday afternoon. Peterson was not ranked by our experts this week, but Gerhart landed in the No. 16 slot of our aggregate rankings.