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Jets' Cromartie rips Chargers' medical staff over hip diagnosis

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New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie hasn't played for the Chargers for close to two years, and as far as he's concerned, he doesn't miss life in San Diego one bit.

As the Jets prepare for Sunday's game against the Chargers -- Cromartie's first against his old squad -- the six-year veteran issued some serious blows to the integrity of the organization that employed him for four seasons.

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Cromartie told the New York Daily News that the Chargers hid from him the news that he fractured his hip early in the 2008 season. Cromartie started 15 games for the Chargers that year, many of which were played while he had a two-millimeter crack in his hip.

"They were hiding my injury," Cromartie said Thursday. "They just told me I had a strained hip flexor. I played the whole entire year with a fractured hip."

Cromartie also told the Daily News that he only learned of the injury's severity after he sought a second opinion.

Cromartie's displeasure with the Chargers' medical staff, combined with some unrest in the locker room, contributed to his acrimonious departure from San Diego beforethe start of the 2010 season. Close to two years later, there's still no love lost between the two sides as Cromartie said he never was happy in San Diego.

"There is no second-guessing (anymore)," Chargers safety Eric Weddle told the San Diego Union-Tribune, via the Daily News. "Coach says something, it applies to everyone. We're all at the same level. We're all holding each other to the same level. ... Me and Cro had conflicts. That's just the way it is."

Responded Cromartie: "I guess that's his opinion. ... That's their golden boy. So, I don't really care."

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