Cromartie hopes to return for opener at Miami

Updated: August 13, 2004, 1:51 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State cornerback Antonio Cromartie was on crutches Wednesday, one day after injuring his left knee during drills.

Cromartie injured the knee when he made contact with wide receiver Chauncey Stovall during 11-on-11 drills late Tuesday. He had an MRI exam Wednesday, but the results were not immediately available.

"My knee gave out a little bit," said Cromartie, also a sprinter on the track team. "I fell two or three times. I couldn't really plant, because every time I'd plant, it brought a little sting inside of my knee."

Expected to compete for a starting spot, Cromartie said the knee had been bothering him throughout summer workouts after initially hurting it in a November game against North Carolina State.

Cromartie was on crutches after that injury and missed several practices before returning for the regular-season finale against Florida two weeks later.

Cromartie said he's confident he would be back for the Seminoles' opener at Miami on Sept. 6.


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