Practice Report

Florida State practiced 24 periods on Tuesday morning, with the final 12 held in a steady drizzle. It also appears more wet weather is on the way due to Tropical Storm Bonnie. The Seminoles also suffered their first injury, when sophomore cornerback <b>Antonio Cromartie</b> hurt his left knee during dirlls and was carted from the field. Click here for a practice report.

Florida State made positive strides during its second practice on Tuesday, according to coach Bobby Bowden. The Seminoles, however, also suffered a significant casualty, when sophomore cornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a left knee injury during drills and was carted from the field.

Cromartie's status was unknown immediately following practice. However, Cromartie has been plagued by a bothersome knee during summer drills and even underwent an MRI, which didn't reveal any damage.

Bowden didn't believe Tuesday's wet weather played a role in Cromartie's injury. He was hurt when he got tangled up with receiver Chauncey Stovall during 11-on-11 drills.

Cromartie has been listed second team behind Leroy Smith at right cornerback.

"I think he had a knee that was a little scary coming in," Bowden said.

"He has had a little problem with it. I feel sure the doctors will want to take a look at it. To what extent I don't know but I saw him fall down to many times today. ... I think his knee just didn't hold up."

The weather also didn't hold up as FSU opened practice under overcast conditions. The temperatures never got above 82 degrees before the rain arrived.

Sophomore reserve center John Frady also has been slowed by a sore lower back. Brian Ross, who has recovered from a broken leg suffered two springs ago, worked with the second-team offense.

It appears FSU will have plenty of rain the remainder of the week.

Tropical Storm Bonnie was headed across the Gulf of Mexico toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, meteorologists said.

Bonnie, which grew to tropical storm status Monday, could hit the Gulf Coast anywhere from Louisiana to the Big Bend of Florida, said Navy Lt. Dave Roberts, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center.

A tropical storm watch could be issued for that area later Tuesday. The storm could possibly make landfall by Thursday.


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