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Cromartie stands by receiver comment

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Antonio Cromartie meant no disrespect, but he meant what he said.

The Jets cornerback started a controversy earlier this week when he called himself the team's No. 2 receiver behind Santonio Holmes. Receiver Chaz Schilens called it "a slight." But coach Rex Ryan told his players to be "mindful" of what they say in public.

"I didn't mean anything by it," Cromartie said Friday, speaking about his comments for the first time. "My whole thing was I was just simply explaining why I said it; that I could be one of the No. 2 receivers on the team by my physical traits and my work ethic. That was my opinion. Of course, you (reporters) want to blow it up. But we're going to let that go."

Cromartie, who could play some receiver this season, stood by his comment after the former Florida State standout was asked Tuesday where he believes he'd rank on the team's depth chart.

"I didn't regret saying it," he said. "If the receivers felt like they were disrespected … at the end of the day, they can come and talk to me and I can explain to them exactly what I meant. At the end of the day, I'm a corner first. And whenever that time comes that I go out and play receiver, I'll go out and do it."

Officials lockout: No deal has been reached by the league and officials, meaning replacements likely will call Sunday's Hall of Fame Game between the Saints and Cardinals. The league has locked out the officials with the sides disagreeing about pay and benefits. A lockout also took place in 2011 with replacement officials working one regular-season game.

Bills: Free agent safety Jim Leonhard visited for a second day but left without a contract.

Chargers: Receiver Eddie Royal will miss about two weeks with a groin injury.

Cowboys: Guard Nate Livings is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury. Three other interior linemen also are out indefinitely: center/guard Bill Nagy (high-ankle sprain) center/guard Kevin Kowalski (undisclosed) and guard Mackenzy Bernadeau (undisclosed).

Eagles: Guard Evan Mathis, who has missed most practices this week, is dealing with an inner ear infection and vertigo. It said it hopes he can return soon.

Panthers: An MRI exam on linebacker Thomas Davis' right knee revealed no damage, and he was diagnosed with a strained right calf. Davis, out since Sunday and expected to return next week, sustained his third torn right ACL in September and missed all but two games.

Saints: Coach Sean Payton, suspended for the season for his role in a bounty scandal, received permission from the league to attend tonight's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which includes the enshrinement of ex-Saint Willie Roaf. But he cannot attend Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Titans: Linebacker Keith Bulluck signed with the team for whom he played 10 seasons in order to retire with it. Bulluck, 35, an All-Pro in 2003, spent 2010 with the Giants and sat out last season. He recorded 100-plus tackles in eight straight seasons.

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