Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cro slated to field kicks if McKnight can't go

In the event that running back Joe McKnight doesn't dress Sunday night when the New York Jets host the New England Patriots, cornerback Antonio Cromartie will get the nod returning kicks – assuming he, too, is healthy.

McKnight was held out of practice Thursday after suffering a toe injury. Cromartie, however, is also on the injury report with a finger injury he acquired in practice.

During his Thursday presser, Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters rookie running back Bilal Powell will return kicks if neither player can go.

McKnight leads the NFL in kick returning, averaging 40.2 yards a takeback. Cromartie has averaged 23.6 yards a return on seven tries.

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