Antonio Cromartie, who ran around the Jets practice sidelines Friday, said his ailing right hip felt better than it had at any time since the second game of preseason when he aggravated an old injury.

That’s significant because last Sunday after the Jets lost at Baltimore, Cromartie said his hip was as painful as at any time since he first dislocated it in 2008.

“[I’m] feeling a lot better with the rest and treatment and everything I’ve been doing during the week,” Cromartie said. “It felt good.”

Cromartie is listed as questionable, a game-time decision, for Sunday at MetLife Stadium against Miami. But the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback said he was “very” optimistic about playing after not practicing Wednesday and Thursday. He returned to practice, was limited Friday and said, though not 100 percent, he’s good enough.

“It’s just a point of trying to get rid of the pain,” Cromartie said. “It’s not a point of me being 100 percent. It’s a point of me feeling comfortable enough, I can go out and play to my ability. I’ve been dealing with it for five years now so I know I can play at a high level with it when there’s no pain.”
But when there is pain…

“It just restricts me from being explosive,” Cromartie said. “I can’t open up my stride as much as I’ve wanted to. But it’s just something that I try to deal with, with myself, and go through the treatments and just try to get myself better from that way,

“Running around [Friday], I felt more explosive. I felt more comfortable with it then I have since I reinjured it, really, back in Week 2 of [the] preseason. It’s a point of just getting ready and making sure I’m mentally ready if I’m going to play. From a physical standpoint I think I’ll be fine.”