REVIS UPDATE: Cleared for Contact/Unclear for Sunday
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Darrelle Revis has been cleared for contact by the Jets medical staff on Thursday morning. That’s great news for the Jets, who sorely missed their mildly concussed All-Pro cornerback in last week’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I think you feel good when you have the best player on the field out there [for your team],” Rex Ryan said. “There’s only one Darrelle Revis. I know I feel great about it. It’s hard not to smile when he’s out there.”
Revis will be a full participant in today’s practice for the first time in 10 days. His status against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday is still up in the air, but Ryan is holding out hope he will play.
“I don’t want to say anything that I’m not sure of, so I’m going to lean on the doctors on that one. Hopefully he plays. I guess we’ll see,” he said.
Revis, who was taken out of the game following a blow to the back of the head from teammate Bart Scott’s knee in the Jets Week 1 48-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills, was held out of all contact drills last week before being ruled out on Friday for the game against Pittsburgh.
It’s presumed that he has cleared all the medical tests that the NFL now requires for any player nursing a concussion.
Again, no word on his status regarding Sunday, but Ryan acknowledged the importance of having two different game plans if Revis is unable to go.
“You have to be ready, one way or the other,” he said. “Having a special player like Darrelle, we ask him to do a lot of different things. A lot of times we put him 1-on-1 with a team’s best receiver. Roll coverage away from him. He’s just that kind of guy. So sometimes you will have different type of game plans.”
Should Revis not be able to go, the secondary will be thinner than last week. Ellis Lankster, who assumed the nickel back duties last week with Revis out, is out of Thursday’s practice with a lower back injury. According to Ryan, he hurt himself in practice on Wednesday.
Rex said he feels comfortable, if Revis is not ready by Sunday, with Kyle Wilson filling in once again.
“I thought Kyle did well in Revis’ absence. That doesn’t surprise me, he’s been doing that. Even as a rookie he carried himself like a Pro. He understands how offenses are trying to attack him now. He’s got that down. He’s always had a great physical skill set, now he’s just playing with more confidence,” he said.